I just received a phone call from a local firefighter who was at the scene of a car fire. He called me because the car was a Prius (04-06). The fire was out but there was an odor of electrical burning. He said that the driver could not power the vehicle off nor turn off any lights. I told him to disconnect the 12 volt battery and that will kill power to the computer, thus shutting everything down. Now here’s the strange part – the driver told him the car was hit by lightning (we were in the middle of a severe storm). I’ve never heard of a car being hit by lightning before. I had always been told that a car was a safe area in an electrical storm. Anyone heard of a Prius being hit by lightning?