Electricity in Man's Jacket Leads to Burns
Believe It or Not!
The following story appeared in USA Today. It sounds
too unbelievable. We think it is. We have never seen 30,000
Volts of static electricity from a person or jacket burn
carpet. We believe the guy may have something else going
on: Maybe fraud or just maybe too many refried beans plus
Static electricity in man's
jacket leads to burns
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - A
man shocked authorities after he released so much static
electricity from his jacket, he left burn marks in the carpet
of a business.
Fire officials in Victoria state said the man, Frank Clewer,
had built up at least 30,000 volts of static electricity
in his jacket simply by walking around the city of Warrnambool,
according to a report by the Australian Broadcasting Corp.
He received his first shock when he walked into a local
business Thursday afternoon. "It sounded almost like
a firecracker or something like that," Clewer told
Burns less than an inch in diameter were left on the carpet
where he had been standing, the report said. ABC did not
say if Clewer was injured.
Fire officials evacuated the building, fearing the incident
might trigger electrical problems, but let Clewer go, the
When he got in his car, Clewer's problems continued.
"I actually scorched a piece of plastic I had on the
floor of the car," he said. Fire officials took Clewer's
jacket and said it continued to give off voltage.