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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Berto, Mar 1, 2010.
Elma man electrocuted by urinating on power line
You just KNOW that had to hurt like crazy.
If it was an accident, that's not a Darwin award.
Gives a new meaning to weinie roast.
Ahhh, You know that has got to hurt.
Did Mythbusters declare this occurrence to be pretty improbable?
IIRC their test was done on the "third rail" of an electrified railroad. The "third rail" used in the test ran only 600 V AC. That wasn't enough to jump the space between the droplets in the "urine stream" from their test dummy.
The victim in this instance peed on a downed power line that was running several thousand volts. We don't yet know just what that voltage was. Distribution lines in my part of PA run at 7,200 volts AC. The distribution lines go from the local substation to the consumers individual house transformers. When I had to bury a new primary line to my house transformer, (7,200 volt line) the Co-op linemen wouldn't energize the power line 'till they had inspected the line and I had it under at least two feet of sand, before covering it with dirt. The new line had to be in 4" pvc pipe for it's whole run to the transformer. Under the driveway, it had to be 4' deep, and in schedule 80 pipe.
It's my guess that even at only 7'200 volts, the power was high enough to jump the gaps between the droplets in the urine stream. It is possible that the voltage may have been as high as 12,500 Volts AC for a long run to another substation. The Victim probably never knew what hit him.
Prayers for his family.