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MYTH: Rubber shoes or boots offer protection from a lightning strike.

By DAN ROBINSON
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TRUTH: Air is also a strong insulator. A lightning bolt (on average) has pushed its way through miles of air, so it won't be stopped by a half-inch of rubber, or several hundred feet of rubber, for that matter. People who have been struck by lightning often get their shoes (and/or clothes) blown off or blown apart from the powerful shock wave produced by the lightning stroke.

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Storm chaser and photographer Dan Robinson
About the Author: Dan Robinson has been a storm chaser, photographer and cameraman for 30 years. His career has involved traveling around the country covering the most extreme weather on the planet including tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning, floods and winter storms. Dan has been extensively published in newspapers, magazines, web articles and more, and has both supplied footage for and appeared in numerous television productions and newscasts. He has also been involved in the research community, providing material for published scientific journal papers on tornadoes and lightning. Dan also holds an active Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA (Part 107) for commercial drone operation.

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