Does lightning strike mobile phones? a girl killed

United States
January 22, 2007 10:24pm CST
A university student is killed, when sharing an umbrella with two other friends during a thunderstorm when her mobile phone rang. She answered the phone and a bolt of lightning struck her, the umbrella and the phone.
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
24 Jan 07
I did not hear about this but that was very sad and tragic to hear. I think it struck the umbrella but I think it would be possible to strike someone on a cell phone if they are outside. If a person is on a cell phone and indoors then I think they would be much safer. She was outside on her phone under an umbrella during the storm so that was dangerous in itself.
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
24 Jan 07
Oh great. One more thing for me to worry about with my four children! Surely it was the umbrella that the lightning hit first? Either way, I am going to warn my children about being out in a storm.
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@linda345 (2661)
• Canada
24 Jan 07
I don't think the mobile phone killed her. I think the lighting probably struck the umbrella and then her. Maybe she was holding the umbrella. I have not read the story so I can't judge exactly what happened. But I do work with mobile phones and it seems unlikely but stranger things have happened.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
Seems like it does if this topic is true.
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@lifeiseasy (2292)
• United States
23 Jan 07
Lighting struck her as she was the tallest object out there. Lighting can strike a cell but it is much less likely. Using corless phones ans cell phones in doors during lighting storms is safe.If I could copy & paste I would give you the url for the whole story. aol search ...www.snopes.com will confirm this
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
23 Jan 07
Wow! that is scary. I will think twice before using my cell phone in a storm.
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@polachicago (19075)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I think it is umbrella, not mobile phone. I heard so many stories about an umbrella and lightening.
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