Picture #1: In Feb 1996, these pictures were taken of a guy who is high
on PCP and attempting to kill himself. The situation lasted for about 45
minutes. This being toward the end of the situation, this person had already
defied death by walking from a previous power pole by means of tight rope
walking on the low voltage wire and hanging on to the other wire that was
around him. The Power Company had de-energized the low voltage wire at this
Picture #2: Next, the guy reaches out his hand and grabs the high voltage
conductor! At that instant, 16,600 volts shot through his body. If you can
believe it, the guy is inside of the ball of fire that you see. He did not
fall at that moment (probably couldn't turn loose even if he wanted too).
The air surrounding him becomes ionized and begins to conduct current and
actually burn. The small ball of orange fire that you see projecting toward
the street light is where the arc went to ground through the secondary conductors.
(this is probably traveling through the wire that can be seen in picture
#1) Notice the whipping action of the wire he is holding onto. You might
find it interesting to compare all the pictures with one another to try
to see if you can pick out all the changes as massive amounts of current
try to reach ground!
Picture #3: Next, you can see that the ball of fire has started to subside.
(oh, really!!!) If you look closely you can still see his legs (actually,
they look like faint shadows) at the bottom of the fireball as he is still
standing on the cross arm. A flash of electrical power of this magnitude
would kill most normal people. (The gene pool would not have been diluted
if this guy hadn't made it.) This guy actually survived contact with the
high voltage line and to this day is still alive! Go figure?!?!
Submitted by Tommy Riddle