Friday, August 25, 2006

British Youth Does Stupid Stunt

Rounding off my series of stupid posts, a kid jumped on a 25,000 volt line:

British Transport Police appealed for help today to trace a youth who was seen swinging from overhead power cables by train passengers....

The overhead cables carry 25,000 volts and, although the overheads had been switched off to deal with another incident closer to the station, a residual current of at least 5,000 volts would have still been running through the cables.

Seriously, 25 kV (or even 5 kV) is enough to make you say "Mmm". That kid is lucky to be alive.