Things that go boom in the night

I had a quick thunderstorm pass through here tonight. It probably only lasted about twenty minutes or so. There was one lightning strike that must have been extremely close. I hear this *BOOM* boom boom boom boom. And the power goes out briefly. I tried looking outside to see where it might have hit but the rain was rather intense and I didn’t see any fires.

So, I am heating a small pan with water and some oil in it. It is at a rolling boil when the oil starts popping. But then it moves to a state that I haven’t seen before. The oil would pop up above the water and then explode (probably from the flames around the pan). Like fireworks were going off. It was an strange mix of scary and interesting. Note to self: This is not a safe cooking method….