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Lightning zeros in on teenager's tunes
Denver Post ^ | 07/06/06 | Felisa Cardona

Posted on 07/09/2006 9:45:41 AM PDT by Drew68

Castle Rock - Jason Bunch was listening to Metallica on his iPod while mowing the lawn outside his Castle Rock home Sunday afternoon when lightning hit him.

The last thing the 17-year-old remembers was that a storm was coming from the north and he had only about 15 minutes before he should go inside.

Next thing he knew, he was in his bed, bleeding from his ears and vomiting. He was barefoot and had taken off his burned T-shirt and gym shorts. He doesn't know how he got back in the house.

Bunch immediately called his mother, who was in Illinois visiting family.

"Mom, I think I was hit by lightning," he said.

Kelly Risheill told her son to call 911, and she started the 14-hour drive home.

About the same time, a neighbor saw Bunch's scorched green and white Reebok tennis shoes in the street, a few feet away from the lawn mower. She also called for help.

Bunch was taken to Sky Ridge Medical Center and placed in intensive care. He was sent home Tuesday.

"I'm alive, and that is what I am grateful for," Bunch said as he lay in bed Wednesday.

From the hospital, Bunch called a friend and told him he wasn't able to go bowling. Then, he called a girl he was supposed to meet for a date.

"I said, 'I did not stand you up. I was struck by lightning."'

Bunch's ears were burned on the inside, and he's lost some hearing, mostly on the right side. His hair was singed.

His face, chest, hands and right leg have freckle-size welts on them as if buckshot had come from inside his body out.

The wounds follow the line of his iPod, from his ears down his right side to his hip, where he was carrying the device. The iPod has a hole in the back, and the earbuds dissolved into green threads.

Bunch and his mother believe the iPod acted as an antenna, drawing the lightning to him. There were tall pine trees nearby that didn't get hit.

But lightning and weather experts say that's probably not the case.

"There is no scientific evidence to show that lightning is 'attracted' to items like an iPod. However, if someone wearing earbuds is struck, current may travel along the wires into the ears," said Gregory Stewart of the Denver-based Lightning Reference Center. "There are documented cases of lightning traveling through wired telephones and killing the users. "

Objects such as loose change in victims' pockets have left first- and second-degree burns after a lightning strike, Stewart said.

Doctors have told Bunch his hearing might come back if the nerves inside were not damaged. For now, he can't stand up because he gets dizzy and his equilibrium is off.

Bunch's mother recalled the death of a motorcyclist who was hit by lightning on U.S. 36 last month and expressed relief that her son's life was spared.

"It's a miracle," she said. "He should not have lived through it."


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: ipod; lightning; metallica; ridethelightning
Jason Bunch was listening to Metallica on his iPod

This is just too rich! I wonder if he was listening to this classic Metallica album:

Metallica. What better music to get struck by lightning while listening to! Anyways, glad he's OK and now he'll have a great story to tell. Maybe he'll get a call from the band.

1 posted on 07/09/2006 9:45:43 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: Drew68
People listening to Metallica deserve to get hit by lightning.

:^)

2 posted on 07/09/2006 9:47:50 AM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: Drew68
A real world Zot.
3 posted on 07/09/2006 9:49:07 AM PDT by msnimje (There is no way we can lose if we stay in Iraq and no way we can win if we cut and run.)
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To: Drew68

A good friend of mine in high school was struck by lighting while she was playing softball during summer break. She was killed instantly.

This boy is very lucky to be alive, and I hope he gets his hearing back soon.


4 posted on 07/09/2006 9:50:27 AM PDT by Kieri (Dump "Dangerously Incompetent" Debbie, Support Keith Butler for Senate)
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To: Kieri
She was killed instantly.

Sad to hear that. To be honest, lightning freaks me out. I've lived in Colorado almost my whole life and now I live in North Florida. Both places lightning storms can come out of nowhere real quickly. I get indoors fast where I can enjoy the light show and booms from safety.

5 posted on 07/09/2006 9:57:54 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: Drew68
"I said, 'I did not stand you up. I was struck by lightning."'

Man! I've told some whoppers, but this tops them all.

6 posted on 07/09/2006 10:01:09 AM PDT by Bear_Slayer (When liberty is outlawed only outlaws will have liberty)
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To: Bear_Slayer
Man! I've told some whoppers, but this tops them all.

Yes, that's definitely an excuse he won't be able to use a second time. Hope he milks it for all it is worth!

7 posted on 07/09/2006 10:05:44 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: Drew68

Mother Nature doesn't like acid rock either.


8 posted on 07/09/2006 10:07:06 AM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: Drew68

Lightning scares the heck out of me. Lightning kills more people per year than any other weather phenomena.

When It starts storming around here I always unplug the computer from it's electrical and cable connection.

I used to go to Cocoa Beach to visit the parents in laws and Florida has some really good and scary lightning storms.


9 posted on 07/09/2006 10:08:36 AM PDT by garyhope
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To: lilylangtree
Mother Nature doesn't like acid rock either.

Then it is a good thing he wasn't listening to Iron Butterfly. He might not have lived to tell his tale.

Seriously, "acid rock" does not, um, accurately describe Metallica.

10 posted on 07/09/2006 10:11:29 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: Drew68

The Metalica might have saved him.


11 posted on 07/09/2006 10:13:46 AM PDT by Danae (Anál nathrach, orth' bháis's bethad, do chél dénmha)
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To: Drew68

My son used to listen to Metallica with all the screeching. If I were Mother Nature, I would have struck a long time ago.


12 posted on 07/09/2006 10:15:53 AM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: garyhope

Lightning kills more people per year than any other weather phenomena.

Sorry, that would be flooding. Most of the deaths attibuted to flooding are from people driving into high water.


13 posted on 07/09/2006 10:19:30 AM PDT by wolfcreek
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To: Drew68
Get the kite, Beavis
14 posted on 07/09/2006 10:22:03 AM PDT by HAL9000 (Get a Mac - The Ultimate FReeping Machine)
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To: Kieri
However, if someone wearing earbuds is struck, current may travel along the wires into the ears," said Gregory Stewart

Considering the path the current flow could have taken, he's lucky to have a brain left

15 posted on 07/09/2006 10:39:17 AM PDT by MilspecRob (Most people don't act stupid, they really are.)
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To: Drew68
Yes, that's definitely an excuse he won't be able to use a second time. Hope he milks it for all it is worth!

You never know - check out US Park Ranger Roy C. Sullivan who's been hit by lightning seven times...and is still alive.
16 posted on 07/09/2006 10:56:27 AM PDT by SeafoodGumbo
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To: lilylangtree

Whatever you say about Metallica, all their greed and talent turned into an equal volume of dynamite isn't fit to be used to blow Ozzie's nose.


17 posted on 07/09/2006 10:57:49 AM PDT by 308MBR ( Somebody sold the GOP to the socialists, and the GOP wasn't theirs to sell.)
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To: Drew68

North Florida?
I live in Ocala and have heard it called the lightning capital of the world. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't, but man I've never lived in a place where electrical storms are the given, and not the exception like it is here.


18 posted on 07/09/2006 11:08:24 AM PDT by gcruse (http://gcruse.typepad.com)
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To: MilspecRob
Considering the path the current flow could have taken, he's lucky to have a brain left

You are assuming he had a brain, are you not?

Listening to metal head music tends to make one wonder if he had any brains left.

19 posted on 07/09/2006 11:16:13 AM PDT by Popman ("What I was doing wasn't living, it was dying. I really think God had better plans for me.")
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To: Popman
True, but then what were you listening to when you were 17

And back on thread, can you imagine how uncomfortable burned ears must be, ick.

20 posted on 07/09/2006 11:28:28 AM PDT by MilspecRob (Most people don't act stupid, they really are.)
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To: MilspecRob
At 17, I was listening to the Dead, CSNY, Neil Young, Outlaws, PPL, Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker Band, basically Southern rock and if you listened close enough could actually understand the words or watch them come out of the speaker box...............after inhaling....................from the bong
21 posted on 07/09/2006 11:50:03 AM PDT by Popman ("What I was doing wasn't living, it was dying. I really think God had better plans for me.")
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To: Drew68

I'm betting an iPod has to be cranked up pretty damn loud to be heard over a lawn mower. That's gotta not be too good for the eardrums, either.

Of course, that's still no comparison to being struck by lightening.


22 posted on 07/09/2006 12:45:49 PM PDT by wouldntbprudent (If you can: Contribute more (babies) to the next generation of God-fearing American Patriots!)
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To: msnimje

He was listening to his Apple I-Zot.


23 posted on 07/09/2006 1:56:49 PM PDT by Squeako (ACLU: "Only Christians, Boy Scouts and War Memorials are too vile to defend.")
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To: wolfcreek

OK Mr. Smarty Pants,....actually we're both wrong, it's heat that kills the most people per year.

But lightning is the FUN way to go. It's quick, it's easy, leaves a good looking corpse.


25 posted on 07/09/2006 10:36:46 PM PDT by garyhope
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To: Drew68
Yes, that's definitely an excuse he won't be able to use a second time.

Actually, there was a guy who worked in the George Washington National Forrest in Virginia (iirc) who survived seven or eight lightning strikes. He held the Guinness World Record.

26 posted on 07/09/2006 10:59:24 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Popman
Thats cool, I was listening to much of the same although I was tempted to say Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey, and Gene Krupa.

And yes that was some good looking music after the third hit

27 posted on 07/10/2006 6:09:22 PM PDT by MilspecRob (Most people don't act stupid, they really are.)
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To: Drew68
While mowing my lawn with my lawn tractor, MP3 player and noise cancellation head phones I'm usually listening to Alice In Chains.
28 posted on 07/24/2006 8:23:18 AM PDT by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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To: Darksheare

Pinging you. Here's a case of a true ZOT for playing the wrong tunes....


29 posted on 07/24/2006 8:30:55 AM PDT by azhenfud (He who always is looking up seldom finds others' lost change.)
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