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Progress Energy lightning strike demo

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Thunderstorms are common this time of year, and they often include lightning. Today Progress Energy employees demonstrated the effects lightning can have on household appliances. They urge people to invest in surge protectors before their belongings suffer damage. They ran 3,000 volts through unprotected and protected light bulbs. As you can see the unprotected bulb didn't fare too well. The volts demonstrate the effect a nearby lightning strike could have on a house. Alan Swisher of Progress Energy said, "Something near the home that's coming through the power lines and finds its way into your equipment. The light bulb could simulate what's happening inside your computer or your TV if lightning gets in there." Swisher says insurance companies report one billion dollars worth of claims from lightning strikes each year. He also says do your homework when purchasing a surge protector. You only get as much protection as you pay for.

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