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iPod blamed for teenager’s lightning strike


A 17-year-old Colorado teenager blames his iPod for being struck by lightning while mowing the lawn. Jason Bunch says the current from the strike traveled through the headphone wires of his iPod, burning his ears, cheeks and side. The Denver post reports: “The wounds follow the line of his iPod, from his ears down his right side to his hip, where he was carrying the device. The iPod has a hole in the back, and the earbuds dissolved into green threads. Bunch and his mother believe the iPod acted as an antenna, drawing the lightning to him. There were tall pine trees nearby that didn’t get hit.” Weather experts, however, say that is unlikely. “There is no scientific evidence to show that lightning is ‘attracted’ to items like an iPod. However, if someone wearing earbuds is struck, current may travel along the wires into the ears,” said Gregory Stewart of the Denver-based Lightning Reference Center. “There are documented cases of lightning traveling through wired telephones and killing the users.” [via Gizmodo]

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Oh wow. Let’s sue another major company that’s done real well for itself and milk our trauma for all the cash we can. Capitalism at it’s best.

Posted by lucky13 on July 6, 2006 at 3:16 PM (CDT)


thats a sign from God. God hates iPod users.

Posted by slayer on July 6, 2006 at 3:22 PM (CDT)


why was he mowing the grass during a thunderstorm. thats just begging for trouble

Posted by james on July 6, 2006 at 3:22 PM (CDT)


What was the kid doing Mowing the Lawn durring a lightning Storm anyway?!?!  I will be sick if I find out he tries to sue Apple.  The metal lawn mower would have attracted lightning faster than an Ipod if lightning can be attracted which the weather people are saying it cant!  I love the way People blame their total lack of Common sence on others!

Posted by Amy on July 6, 2006 at 3:22 PM (CDT)


I guess we know what God thinks of iPods…

Posted by G on July 6, 2006 at 3:23 PM (CDT)


lucky13 - that isn’t capitalism, that’s just simple abuse of the legal system.  Capitalism is the underlying process that put an ipod in your hands in the first place.  So if you’re truly anti-capitalism, you can cleanse yourself by sending me your iPod.

Posted by good grief on July 6, 2006 at 3:25 PM (CDT)


there is a show on the discovery channel called mythbusters that tested if lightning was attracted to people that had lots of piercings on their head or face. They found that there was no difference in lightning strikes between a head with no metal piercings and a head with lots of piercings on the nose eyebrow, tongue, ears, and lips. They did find that if you stuck a metal door knob into the head that the lightning tended to strike the head with the door knob. Unfortunatley they didn’t test any headphones or ipods. But I would say that there are a lot of people out there with a lot more metal on their heads from piercings then are in earbuds.

Posted by sleeptech on July 6, 2006 at 3:29 PM (CDT)


it makes sense, sortof. at least the burn patterns.
electric lines would be easier for the lightning to travel through than the human body. did the ipod have anything to do with him getting struck, doubt it, i think the ipod ay well have help save him. electric current was brought away fom most of his vitals by being carried through the headphones rather than through him.

Posted by caz on July 6, 2006 at 3:42 PM (CDT)


Why do you mow during a thunderstorm with an ipod? Well, of course to get the natural high of being struck by lightning, then suing the company. Oh, wait, thats no natural high! Thats just going beyond the threshold of pain to…have…a reason…to sue…and get rich…?

Posted by name on July 6, 2006 at 3:43 PM (CDT)


I see no mention of litigation in this or the linked article. Why are some of the above comments assuming a lawsuit is inevitable?
It’s the American way?

Posted by boondoggle on July 6, 2006 at 4:03 PM (CDT)


Oddly enough, he was listening to Metallica’s
“Ride the Lightning”.

Posted by PushButtonAction on July 6, 2006 at 4:16 PM (CDT)


PushButtonAction your terrible. lol

Posted by ipood_ownerer on July 6, 2006 at 4:19 PM (CDT)


Who in the world mows thier lawn in the middle of a thunderstorm with an ipod out in the rain.  Thats crazy to begin with.  He can’t blame Apple for this.

Posted by J Boogie on July 6, 2006 at 4:26 PM (CDT)


good grief- that was a nice try lol!!
I’m not against capitalism, I LOVE my iPod! It was working in this capitalistist society that helped me get it. I’m happy that the kid survived with minimal injuries, but seriously, if there really was even the slightest inkling of possibility that the iPod could’ve attracted lightning, there’d probably be a lawsuit. It IS the American way, boondongle! We see an opportunity to ‘get ours’, and we strike. It’s just what happens when a society has equated power with money. That kid is gonna have a heck of a story to tell his grandkids.

Posted by lucky13 on July 6, 2006 at 4:35 PM (CDT)


I think the lightning was attracted to his sideburns.

Posted by ort on July 6, 2006 at 4:39 PM (CDT)



Posted by Mat on July 6, 2006 at 5:21 PM (CDT)


My Ipod has never been that electrifying!!!....but then I have the 60GB and it doesn’t have a “flash” drive….....

I do feel for the kid as I have been grazed by lightening and it isn’t fun….knocked unconscious and splitting headache with temporary loss of vision BUT….mowing in a mounting thunderstorm?(I was hit at the door of my house just looking out)  An attempted lawsuit would be ludicrous.  A runner up spot for a Darwin award is more appropriate.

Posted by SouthernGothic on July 6, 2006 at 5:22 PM (CDT)


Next time perhaps he’ll open up a golf umbrella to keep him dry. You know the ones with a graphite or metal shaft….

Posted by Bob Levens on July 6, 2006 at 5:23 PM (CDT)


Maybe I’ll listen to my iPod and jump off a building….then we can blame the iPod and tell Apple that the iPod provoked me into doing it.

Posted by Nighthalox on July 6, 2006 at 5:49 PM (CDT)


what’s he complaining for…. i didn’t see any blood

but really, you can’t sue apple for this.. that would be like suing louisville slugger because you were playing baseball on the sears tower with it… people these days…

Posted by dtran on July 6, 2006 at 6:22 PM (CDT)

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