July 26, 2004

Lightning Injures Mobile Phone User (?)

Lightning hit dozens of sightseers at the Juyongguan section of the Great Wall this weekend. Fifteen people were slightly injured in the 2:40 PM strike on Saturday, and "witnesses said that an elderly person was using a mobile phone to make a call during a lightning storm", reports China.org.

According to Mike Masnick for Techdirt Wireless, who checked out a hoax busting site, this story has been making the rounds over email for quite some time, with no facts to support it. In fact, many sites recommend you use a mobile phone rather than a fixed line phone in a thunderstorm, since they're much safer.

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