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Injury from lightning strike while using mobile phone

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7556.1513-b (Published 22 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1513

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Before fictions fester into facts

This was an interesting story that got picked up by the Reuters and
AFP wire services. Unfortunately, by the time it hit various American
media outlets, so much bad science had crept in that NOAA (National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) had to issue a rebuttal
(http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2006/s2645.htm).

You can read my blog entry on the issue:
http://blogs.usatoday.com/weather/2006/06/before_fictions.html

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26 June 2006
Bob Swanson
Assistant Weather Editor, USA TODAY
McLean, VA 20170