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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-16-2005, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Power-dressing Aussie leaves trail of destruction
Fri Sep 16, 3:39 AM ET

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian man built up a 40,000-volt charge of static electricity in his clothes as he walked, leaving a trail of scorched carpet and molten plastic and forcing firefighters to evacuate a building.

Frank Clewer, who was wearing a woollen shirt and a synthetic nylon jacket, was oblivious to the growing electrical current that was building up as his clothes rubbed together.

When he walked into a building in the country town of Warrnambool in the southern state of Victoria on Thursday, the electrical charge ignited the carpet.

"It sounded almost like a firecracker", Clewer told Australian radio on Friday.

"Within about five minutes, the carpet started to erupt."

Employees, unsure of the cause of the mysterious burning smell, telephoned firefighters who evacuated the building.

"There were several scorch marks in the carpet, and we could hear a cracking noise -- a bit like a whip -- both inside and outside the building", said fire official Henry Barton.

Firefighters cut electricity to the building thinking the burns might have been caused by a power surge.

Clewer, who after leaving the building discovered he had scorched a piece of plastic on the floor of his car, returned to seek help from the firefighters.

"We tested his clothes with a static electricity field metre and measured a current of 40,000 volts, which is one step shy of spontaneous combustion, where his clothes would have self-ignited," Barton said.

"I've been firefighting for over 35 years and I've never come across anything like this," he said.

Firefighters took possession of Clewer's jacket and stored it in the courtyard of the fire station, where it continued to give off a strong electrical current.

David Gosden, a senior lecturer in electrical engineering at Sydney University, told Reuters that for a static electricity charge to ignite a carpet, conditions had to be perfect.

"Static electricity is a similar mechanism to lightning, where you have clouds rubbing together and then a spark generated by very dry air above them," said Gosden.





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Re: I find this hard to believe...

So uh, what news source is this from?


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Re: I find this hard to believe...

That's ridiculous. *Voltage is merely a measure of electrical pressure. *Most static-discharges from people can be 100,000 volts or more... Voltage isn't what kills people or starts fires. *Current is the culprit.

That story sounds like a hoax to me.


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Re: I find this hard to believe...

if the BBC says it's real - it must be true!! :shock:


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His clothes were measured by firemen as carrying a current of 40,000 volts, the Reuters news agency quoted Mr Barton as saying.
I stand by my statement that this is a hoax. Current is NOT measured in volts!!! They're not even trying to be accurate!! I can build a 100,000 volt charge by rubbing a balloon on my hair!!

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Re: I find this hard to believe...

I'm not going to believe this until I read it in one of many tabloids sold at grocery stores.

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[quote author=RatBastard link=topic=29554.msg409929#msg409929 date=1126900957]
I'm not going to believe this until I read it in one of many tabloids sold at grocery stores.
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Re: I find this hard to believe...

Thats just silly..That would be a heck of thing to see though..
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Re: I find this hard to believe...

well current is measured in amps but to get an amp you have to divide the volts by the resistance right...

so lets say he had 40,000 volts built up, with little resistance it "could" turn into a lot of amps of power, enough to ignite a carpet...my thinking is that there was a metal bar on the floor that had some freyed carpet laying somewhat over it, when the charge was released into the conductive metal the spark ignited the carpet...heck with all the traffic on that carpet might have been a lot of oil/gasoline residue on it...

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[quote author=Jodo Mcfatty link=topic=29554.msg409949#msg409949 date=1126901723]
well current is measured in amps but to get an amp you have to divide the volts by the resistance right...

so lets say he had 40,000 volts built up, with little resistance it "could" turn into a lot of amps of power, enough to ignite a carpet...my thinking is that there was a metal bar on the floor that had some freyed carpet laying somewhat over it, when the charge was released into the conductive metal the spark ignited the carpet...heck with all the traffic on that carpet might have been a lot of oil/gasoline residue on it...
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The carpet HAD to have something on it if this story is going to be even remotely true. That kind of thing happens often enough at a gas station where someone just gets out of their car one too many times! It takes nothing! The media is making this guy out to be some lightning harnessing mutant!

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