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Injury from lightning strike while using mobile phone: Statistics and physics do not suggest a link

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 06 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:96
  1. Ramsey M Faragher, PhD student (
  1. Astrophysics Group, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 0HE

    EDITOR—The letter by Esprit et al reporting a case of injury from lightning strike while using a mobile phone required some better research into the physics of lightning, conductors, and statistics.1

    Firstly, the statistics are few. Three mentions of people using a mobile phone while being hit by a lightning strike is by no means compelling evidence for a correlation for either …

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