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Towards the end of BTTF, we see Doc Brown be approached by a police officer. Doc explains that he's doing a weather experiment as he's wiring up the two light posts. Later that night the clock tower gets struck by lightning and stops working.

Was Doc ever blamed for or suspected of breaking the clock?

There's a least one witness who saw him (a cop to boot) in the area doing something for science, and then all of a sudden, ZAP, no more clock. Seems like he'd be the first suspect if anyone started investigating. Was this ever addressed?

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    Well, he did have a Permit for the experiment. More importantly, what was the Weather Experiment Permit that he pulled out of his wallet and gave to the cop? A five-dollar bill? If he did pay the cop to look the other way, the cop would not have ratted him out. – Hannover Fist Jun 6 '17 at 21:01
  • you seem to be asserting that some city official could be made to believe that Doc's experiment somehow caused the lightning storm or that it caused the lightning to strike at that particular location. Try as I might, I can't imagine a situation in which someone would believe such a thing. – Paul L Jun 9 '17 at 19:38
  • @PaulL It's a known fact that lightning rods attract lightning (hence the name). While they couldn't prove that Doc caused the storm, they would have a reasonable assumption (especially for the 50s and their fear for all things kooky), that Doc's experiment may have very well forced the lightning to strike the tower the night of the storm. – DCOPTimDowd Jun 9 '17 at 19:53
  • @DCOPTimDowd did Doc put a lightning rod atop the clock tower? I honestly don't remember that - I thought he connected the cable to a metal structure that was already part of the tower. If he did indeed put the rod there, then I agree with you and I retract my comment. – Paul L Jun 9 '17 at 19:55
  • @HannoverFist Since we're not shown what type of permit he gives the cop, we can't automatically assume he paid him off. Knowing Doc, he could have very well wrote up a very convincing forgery of the needed paperwork. – DCOPTimDowd Jun 9 '17 at 19:57
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As a result of Doc's "experiment", the clock tower was saved in altered 1985. The lightning struck the wire and was drained into DeLorean's flux capacitor. Marty finds this out arriving to the timeline where his father is a successful writer and Lorraine is no longer a fat drunk.

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    What's the source for this? – DCOPTimDowd Jun 6 '17 at 18:17
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    The movie. In 1985, after safe return from 1955, Marty finds the clock tower undamaged. – TimSparrow Jun 6 '17 at 18:18
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    How can you tell? We only see it for a few seconds at night, with no real comparison from earlier in the movie. – DCOPTimDowd Jun 6 '17 at 18:20
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    There's nothing in the novel about the clock being fixed. Also, the clock's hands are set to the same time they froze at before. – Valorum Jun 6 '17 at 18:54
  • I thought I remembered this as well, that by Doc sending Marty back, it prevented the Clock from being destroyed. Doesn't the Save The Clocktower handout change or something? – Broklynite Jun 7 '17 at 9:27

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