Another Urban Legend posting ... The Sears Tower (now Willis Tower) is hit by lightning hundreds of times each year ... with no damage to hundreds of pieces of communications gear on that roof top. All grounding is per current codes. Florida, especially the western Gulf Coast, gets even more lightning strikes to communication towers. Damage? A few rare instances when someone does not follow rules and codes. Their career t hat wireless carrier or broadcaster is usually finished -- maybe they relocate in your neighborhood.