Lightning Strike via Computer and Headphones

In an interview on National Public Radio, author Rowan Hisayho Buchanan tells that while writing her novel, Harmless Like You, “I was editing the sort of final, final draft of the novel to send out before publishers, and it was night time. And suddenly my vision went white, and I had this incredible pain in my face. And it turned out what had happened was that lightning had hit the barn we were staying in, and it had gone through all of the electrical boxes. And it went up through my computer and through my headphones that were plugged in, into the side of my face.”

Although she survived, her experience demonstrates the importance of lightning protection.