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Lightning leaves its mark

Sep 18, 2008 Here's a follow up to my recent article on lightning strikes affecting marine electronics. Darcy Scott, who was at the helm of Cleave Horton's boat Skater when it was struck by lightning, sent along a picture of her damaged MP3 player screen along with a comment: "The MP3 player was fried when lightning struck us during our Bermuda crossing in June. I was at the helm at the time, though the player wasn't on. Oddly enough, it still works! Only problem is I can't read the screen."

Only the screen was affected, but the player still plays. Yet another example of lightning's unpredictable effects.

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