Chinese Mobile Phones Attracting Lightning Story Strikes Again
from the details-please...? dept
About a year ago, we pointed to a story about people in China being struck by lightning on the Great Wall, where local officials were blaming the fact that they were using mobile phones. However, some quick additional research turned up that similar "hoaxes" had been flooding the internet for some time, and various experts pointed out that there was little in a mobile phone that would make it a target for lightning. In fact, many recommend that you use a mobile phone instead of a regular phone in a thunderstorm, as it's likely to be safer. However, that hasn't stopped the story from showing up again. Textually.org links to yet another story in China about a man at the Great Wall who was struck by lightning -- and again, his mobile phone is blamed. However, once again, the details are quite sketchy. The victim in question is never named. Also, why is it that this only seems to happen at the Great Wall? Isn't a much more likely explanation that standing on top of the Great Wall in a thunderstorm means that you're one of the highest objects around and therefore that much more likely to be struck by lightning in a storm?