Dumbstruck: Lawn-mowing teen struck by lightning, blames Apple iPod

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

Ars Technica’s Jacqui Cheng reports that “the teen’s ears, face, and neck were burned along where his iPod’s cord was hanging, all the way down to his hip where the iPod was. The reasoning that Mr. Bunch and his mother are using to connect the iPod with the lightning strike is a little bit of a stretch, though. They claim that the iPod is what attracted the lightning to him, as there were taller things around him (such as trees) that were not struck. Experts, however, disagree with this reasoning:”

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

“Rest assured, loyal iPod users, that listening to your iPod out in the middle of a lightning storm isn’t going to increase your chances of being struck by lightning,” Cheng reports.

Full article with links, photo of the scorched teen, and a bit about Cheng’s “dull hope that this media bubble around Mr. Bunch and his lightning-struck iPod doesn’t turn into some crazy lawsuit against Apple for manufacturing electronic killing machines that play awesome music,” here.

MacDailyNews Take: Bunch and his mother believe the iPod acted as an antenna, drawing the lightning to him, thereby giving a whole new meaning to the word “dumbstruck.”

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  1. I do hope he is feeling better and fully recovers. That would be a terrible thing to happen to get hit by lightening.


    Why people here would make fun of another´s person´s misfortune and gloat over his injury I have no idea. Some of you people need to readjust your thinking.

  2. instead of looking for someone/something to blame for their own stupidity they should be thanking the stars above that they survived the ordeal!! not to mention that he now has bragging rights (“Lookit! I wuz struck by lightnin’!”) and needn’t worry about being struck by lightning again…. that is unless you’re stupid enough to mow the lawn in the face of another oncoming storm.

  3. Yeah, and New Orleans got hit by Katrina because

    the storm was attracted to crawfish, gumbo, and

    cross-dressers. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smirk” style=”border:0;” />

  4. “Today, July 7th, 2001 Apple discontinued the Cube.”

    Wait a minute! You’re telling me the last 5 years of my life were one long dream? Thank God. I think I’ll go to New York and visit the World Trade Center. You’re not going to believe the nightmare I had!

  5. I was struck by lightning while listening to my iPod, too! I remember I heard God saying “Give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasures in Heaven.” So I did, but dagnabit, it was only Art on the walkie-talkie saying “Give me some more, and I’ll shout when it measures eleven.” That’ll learn me to listen to my iPod while feeding cable in from the roof during a thunderstorm….

  6. It actually probably saved his life, cause ing the current to go around his body partially as opposed to through him. And oh, BTW, I am sure the lawnmower didn’t attract anything either. Lightning comes up from the ground as well.

  7. I get struck by lightning every time I listen to heavy metal.
    I get blue skies every time I listen to Kenny G.
    I get rain every time I listen to Sara McLaughlin.
    I get sunshine every time I listen to Shania Twain.

    Do ya’ll think I can also somehow get some money because of this?

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