Recoil Leaders in Lichtenberg Figure Formation??

Below is a video on the creation of Lichtenberg figures.  Interesting is the subsequent bright short discharges that continue to take place after the initial discharge.  These seem similar in appearance to recoil leaders, which form on positive leaders branches that become cutoff from a main channel.  Compare the two videos below.

YouTube video of Lichtenberg creation.

Upward lightning (upward positive leaders) from a tower filmed at 9,000 images per second.

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  1. #1 by Anonymous on 10/13/2014 - 5:48 pm

    Is the 1902 photo of the Eiffel Tower strike an upward bolt?

    • #2 by ZTResearch on 10/14/2014 - 5:29 am

      It appears that this is an upward flash given that there is upward branching.

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