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Reality or urban myth? Thais claim playing on phones led to lightning death

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Reality or urban myth? Thais claim playing on phones led to lightning death

 

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Authorities in Prachinburi issued a warning to people playing on mobile phones after a couple were struck by lightning in a shack in a field.

 

Yet much evidence online suggests such ideas are urban myths. 

 

Kriangkrai Somngamsa-art, 31, from Chachoengsao died in Kabinburi Hospital but Phetchabun native Monreudee Phiwphan, also 31, survived. 

 

The incident happened in a field near the Ban Nong Bua School in Kabinburi.

 

Relative Withoon Phonngam, 47, said that while he was praying in the shack he warned the couple to stop playing with their phones because there was lightning in the area. 

 

He said there was a flash and he thought the couple were teasing when the couple convulsed. 

 

He went back to his prayers only to realize moments later that they were not joking. 

 

Officials warned people about mobile phone usage in storms as this could have been the reason they were struck, reported Thai Rath. 

 

Thaivisa research shows that there is much online evidence to suggest that such assertions are urban myths that began originally with an Internet hoax. 

 

Much scientific opinion suggests that it is perfectly safe to use cellphones during storms. 

 

Evidence suggests that the couple were probably in the wrong place at the wrong time - and their shack represented the highest point for an electrical current to be attracted to rather than any metal within or signal from the phone. 

 

What is your opinion? Urban myth or plausible theory?

 

Source: Thai Rath

 

 
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12 minutes ago, webfact said:

Evidence suggests that the couple were probably in the wrong place at the wrong time - and their shack represented the highest point for an electrical current to be attracted to rather than any metal within or signal from the phone. 

 

What is your opinion? Urban myth or plausible theory?

Definitely the shack being the highest point which is why you never take cover under trees and not using their mobile to play games .

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14 minutes ago, webfact said:

What is your opinion? Urban myth or plausible theory?

Speaking of urban myths...

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This nonsense repeatedly brings me close to outburst of fury!

My two "girls" annoy me with this BS every time lightning is around.

Any attempt with rational arguments is useless.
 

33 minutes ago, webfact said:

struck by lightning in a shack in a field.

You could hold a chicken drumstick in your hand and be struck by lightning "in a shack in a field".

Sooo stupid!

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Same Thai people will quietly sit and watch TV while heavy lightning is around.

Devices connected to satellite dishes hanging outside.

No idea of pulling the plugs.

At the brother-in-law that "killed" the nice flatscreen TV.

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42 minutes ago, johng said:

Pitty "The Mythbusters"   didn't do an episode about this.

 

They busted the cell phone in petrol stations myth

https://mythbusters.fandom.com/wiki/Cell_Phone_Destroys_Gas_Station_(Myth)

I was going to point this out also.  It is still posted in most every petrol station to turn off your phone.  I doubt very many comply. 

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I translated this story. I was not prepared to send it out as a direct translation from the Thai as I don't believe we should be in the business of perpetuating these absurd myths. My question in the headline is a tad rhetorical....

 

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