Cell phone signals do not attract lightning, viral claims are false

A video of a man being struck by lightning has gone viral. Users claim that cell phone signals attract lightning.

By Sabya Singh  Published on  27 Jun 2022 3:37 AM GMT
Cell phone signals do not attract lightning, viral claims are false

Hyderabad: A video of a man being struck by lightning has gone viral. Users claim that cell phone signals attract lightning.


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Fact Check:

The claim is false.

NewsMeter conducted Google reverse image search and found an article by Mirror."An umbrella being held by a security guard suddenly burst into a fireball and disintegrated after being struck by lightning. The man miraculously survived the incident, which was caught on camera, as he was struck and then collapsed……The victim was patrolling the depot with a radio transmitter and umbrella when the bolt of lightning zapped him in the open courtyard," the article said.

https://www.kompas.com/tren/read/2021/12/29/060540165/analisis-ahli-soal-video-viral-satpam-yang-tersambar-petir?page=all

Further, we found that Professor Reynaldo Zoro (an expert in the field of lightning) said during an interview with Kompas, "cellphones or handy talkies do not cause a person to be struck by lightning. Because they have different frequencies." (translated version)

'National Weather Service' (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - US) website categorizes 'cell phones attract lightning' as a myth. "Height, pointy shape, and isolation are the dominant factors controlling where a lightning bolt will strike," the article says. The presence of metal makes no difference in the location of lightning strikes. Mountains are made of stone, but they are struck by lightning numerous times per year...... While metal does not attract lightning, it does conduct it, so avoid metal fences, railings, bleachers, and so on.

https://www.weather.gov/safety/lightning-myths

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/is-it-safe-to-talk-on-your-cell-phone-during-a-thunderstorm/328975

"Avoid using corded phones. Corded phones are NOT safe to use during a thunderstorm. However, cordless or cellular phones are safe to use during a storm," the 'Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website said

Hence, the claim is false.

Claim Review:A man being struck by lightning has gone viral, with the claim that cellphone signals attract lightning
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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