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Mobile phones are not lightning strike risk: Injury from lightning strike while using mobile phone

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 06 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:96
  1. Chris W Althaus, chief executive officer (
  1. Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA), Canberra, Australia

    EDITOR—The claim in the letter by Esprit et al, that mobile phones are a risk when used in a storm, is misleading.1 Although some people speculate that mobile phones pose a risk when used outdoors because lightning is attracted to metal, mobile phone handsets generally contain insignificant amounts of metal.

    Following worldwide media interest in the letter, the US …

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