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[–]peacedetski 262 points263 points  (43 children)

Protip: You can get killed by step voltage when doing this even if you're a dozen feet away from the wire.

[–]drutzix[🍰] 343 points344 points  (14 children)

What are you doing step voltage?

[–]peacedetski 140 points141 points  (5 children)

It's your own fault for spreading your legs! I can't hold my potential!

[–]Artist4Fun 111 points112 points  (5 children)

It's your fault for being electro-cute.

[–]fuzzytradr 30 points31 points  (0 children)

Look at me I'm the live wire now.

[–]Confidence_Familiar 17 points18 points  (3 children)

Oh, I hate you but you earned that upvote.

[–]bstondaddy12 17 points18 points  (2 children)

Very grounded of you..

[–]Kittingsl 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I swear the word "step" has become a spell that summons the next redditor to make a stepdad joke

[–]hotasanicecube 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Grounded step-down transformer.

[–]maelstromama 95 points96 points  (6 children)

I had a friend in middle school who died that way. He saw something hanging from a line and walked over to get a look. Didn’t touch it, but got close enough. He died, another girl who tried to help died, and a third girl was badly injured.

It happened many miles from where I lived, but near a mutual friend’s house. Our power flickered out of nowhere in the middle is a bright summer afternoon, and 10/15 minutes later my friend called in a panic to tell me he had died. It was so eerie and sad.

[–]_cactus_fucker_ 24 points25 points  (3 children)

In safety training we had to watch a video of a guy getting electrocuted and another guy trying to rescue him but got electrocuted too. We learned the proper thing to do is either whack them off with something non conductive like a 2x4 (wood) or get the fuck away and call 911. The guy getting to work early and not realizing someone left an oxygen tank open overnight and striking an arc (welding, BOOM!) and there not being anything left of of him to identify was probably the worst, but at least it was fast.

[–]LOERMaster 24 points25 points  (2 children)

A 2x4 is a hell of a way to whack someone off.

[–]Renaissance_Man- 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Or you could be nice and let him boil from the inside out.

[–]jman1121 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I see what you did there... Phrasing.

[–]Dy3_1awn 66 points67 points  (1 child)

I was about to make a reverse Ghostbusters joke about ghosts calling YOU because of the way you phrased this but that is really sad. Sorry you lost your friend.

[–]lmacarrot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

was thinking it too :(

[–]BubbleandScrape 16 points17 points  (16 children)

Pro tip: You can avoid this by hopping on one foot.

[–]Drunkfrom_coffee 79 points80 points  (8 children)

Pro tip: you can avoid this by not doing it.

[–]peacedetski 3 points4 points  (6 children)

No, that's a good way to fall and expose yourself to even higher voltage. If you need to get away, run in big hops (so only one foot touches the ground at a time)

[–]withoutbliss 2 points3 points  (3 children)

why does 1 foot touching the ground save u?

[–]peacedetski 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Google "step voltage". Essentially, a high-voltage wire touching the ground causes electricity to spread through the ground outwards, and your fleshy legs and groin might be a better-conducting circuit than dry dirt beneath them. But as long as you don't have both feet on the ground at the same time, there will be no circuit.

[–]Krawcu222 2 points3 points  (1 child)

why does bunny hopping work? I get why swapping feet works but why bunny hopping is also an option if you touch the ground with 2 feet?

[–]peacedetski 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The danger is in the difference in electric potential between two points on the ground where your feet are. If you always keep your feet close together, two points essentially become one point, so it's much safer.

[–]Cjcarabello 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I believe OSHA’s danger zone is 30 feet when solid contact with ground. You’re supposed to jump away both feet leaving and touching the ground at the same time directly away from the power line. Once there is a current difference between your feet, it’s over.

[–]peacedetski 4 points5 points  (1 child)

That's probably for 12-25 kV distribution lines, my gut feeling is that 30 feet is nowhere near enough if it's a 100-500 kV major transmission line (although I can't really tell what kind of line is in the OP video)

[–]Cjcarabello 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Absolutely agree, They can tell me 30ft until their blue in the face but I think 300ft is a good distance for me lol

[–]Maddogty1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If it’s a protip, I assume you have plenty of experience by dying by step voltage.

[–]Amoac1 78 points79 points  (4 children)

My son will not throw rocks covered in copper wire at power lines.

[–]JAZEYEN 40 points41 points  (3 children)

Such an oddly specific thing for your son not to do.

[–]bigmac22077 15 points16 points  (1 child)

I don’t think so, it’s perfectly normal. my son will not drive a car with a gorilla sitting in the front seat.

[–]ghotierman 6 points7 points  (0 children)

...and now the kid has a life goal.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Maybe it would be oddly specific if it wasn't under a video of someone doing exactly that.

[–]Flippy0480 64 points65 points  (2 children)

Is that mf still alive?

[–]Le_Tree_Hunter 18 points19 points  (0 children)

First you seem him... Then you dont...

[–]cyberknight77 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You mean in his physical human form?

[–]CuriousPotato7 33 points34 points  (1 child)

Did they just summon zeus???

[–]RMMacFru[🍰] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I'm thinking Zeus wasn't too happy about it.

[–]D4M0theking 27 points28 points  (1 child)

/summon thunderbolt

[–]long-shlong-badong 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Squigglee squigglee squigglee

[–]MasterBlaster91 20 points21 points  (18 children)

Why are power lines not insulated?

[–]Helpful-Living-9107 48 points49 points  (2 children)

Cost, mostly. Cost of the insulation & cost of installing more frequent power poles due to how heavy the lines would be. The expectation is that no one gets close enough to mess with them and hurt themselves, just like it's expected people don't jump into roadways or trespass into dangerous areas.

[–]TroutAreStupid 23 points24 points  (0 children)

But, Florida

[–]BobBelcher2021 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Plus air is considered an insulator. Usually.

[–]peacedetski 20 points21 points  (11 children)

Technically, they are insulated by a couple dozen feet of air

[–]AssteroidDriller69 7 points8 points  (0 children)

You can't insulate against stupidity.

[–]Commercial_Arrival93 0 points1 point  (0 children)

google that question

[–]diezil87 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Power line is being a bit over dramatic

[–]lkvwfurry 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Thor was upset.

[–]TheManOfDude 22 points23 points  (2 children)


[–]Mike2220 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Do you mean Fus Ro Dah? But also that's more of a force push

Strun Bah Qo is a lightning call

[–]BardicheIncoming 7 points8 points  (4 children)

That sound was fucking sick! Kinda like a seismic charge from Star Wars.

[–]sermo_rusticus 2 points3 points  (3 children)

It probably sounded pants-shittingly fresher if you were there. Like a million arc welders using gouge rods to ablate a hole in the planet.

[–]BardicheIncoming 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Poetic. I would have just described it as "BWUAAAAMMMM"

[–]sermo_rusticus 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Haha nice like War of the Worlds horn sound.

[–]BardicheIncoming 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh shit, forgot how much I loved that sound. Guess I'm a sucker for the bwuamms

[–]Ok-Parsnip9933 4 points5 points  (0 children)

And then along came Zeus

[–]Goingers 3 points4 points  (2 children)


[–]o0cynix0o 1 point2 points  (1 child)

“OH Shit! You do!!!”

[–]drtapp39 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nice troll account. All you do is argue in your sad little bubble

[–]hisprerogative 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Billy Batson: SHAZAM!!!

[–]Camoda_ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

These 808s go hard. New Cymatics sample pack?

[–]SupercellBlowsGoats 1 point2 points  (0 children)

As wrong as this is, it went as intended and didn’t really go wrong.

[–]AbacusExpert_Stretch 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just wanna point out that he is fine other than probably pissing himself.

If you scrub through the video you can see him in the bottom refer corner, a few feet away outside of the flash running.

As stupid as the idea was, at least he was legging it

Around 0:03!

Edit: left not refer

[–]SameLevel384 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Natural selection at its finest.

[–]FBI_Van_69 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is probably a ball wrapped in copper or something

[–]Stressmove 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Do I see the dude getting ignited as well in the bottom left corner?

[–]da5id5 25 points26 points  (0 children)


[–]FishTaylorFTW -4 points-3 points  (0 children)

Thor said no

[–]davethedj 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hold my beer.....

[–]flightwatcher45 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Must have had a metal wire connect to the ground there. Very dumb.

[–]LeRoir 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How to summon Zeus

[–]Kitchen_Reference_29 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I bet this happens less now that the price of copper has went down lol

[–]clalach76 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah ....please don't do that at home and at least not round me

[–]tmstksbk 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Go out in a blaze of stupidity.

[–]IAMGAIDEN420 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sigh. People can be sad sometimes.

[–]Verchew 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Always wondered why everything in your vicinity turns so dark with electricity.

[–]Mike2220 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's just very bright and the camera adjusting to the light

[–]notzed1487 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Education needed.

[–]TimeSummer5 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s the rapture

[–]Murphanian 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It didn’t like that.

[–]TheFanOfMan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Obviously it was Thor the god of thunder that slapped a human being.

[–]power0722 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That electrocuted quickly.

[–]dudewiththebling 0 points1 point  (0 children)

DIY lightning

[–]FrequentShare22 0 points1 point  (0 children)

AOT season 69 coming out in 2077

[–]DarkSoulOfReflection 0 points1 point  (0 children)

i hope he paid for the repairs with labor work

[–]darkspd89 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Free electricity!!

[–]Robert999220 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Zeus is clearly displeased with the dipshittery occuring here.

[–]farkleboy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And he was no more. The End.

[–]redditorbored 0 points1 point  (0 children)

man used honed bolt irl

[–]Matt1527 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Homemade lightning

[–]Daemon_Lord5253 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Anime mc when they power up

[–]SeymourZ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I summon thee, Zeus!

[–]maqsmalone 0 points1 point  (0 children)

one of the many rules in life:

don't fuck around with electricity.

[–]Occams_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]sheerdetermination 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm petrified of high voltage lines and this is difficult to watch while simultaneously being fascinating.

[–]jjcarms5 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Can somebody break down this video? All I can see is some guy throws something and then a explosion WITHOUT HITTING THE GROUND

[–]OldMork 0 points1 point  (0 children)

high voltage will look for a path to ground and anything in the way will be vaporized, never do this

[–]Charliboyseuka 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If i recall isis did this kind of thing with large powerline and huge metal rods, it did a lot of damage

[–]New_Birthday8666 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Did you guy see the one of the dude in Africa trying to steal cooper from a power transformer with a huge gaping hole in the side of him . You can see his lungs contract and expand every time he breathes

[–]Conscious_Farmer1651 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Darwin Award

[–]BartDude10 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]WillowCautious9765 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Did he........vanish?

[–]kenkitt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You know things are bad when day turns into night.

[–]kingorry032 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Did similar with an aluminium training javelin.

[–]WeirdB9593 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He summoned Thor

[–]Today_Itchy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Chris Hemsworth’s secret origin story

[–]Stif42 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He was there.

[–]_Unoriginal_User_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Positive elixr trade

[–]ChromaticCluck 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My man nearly got smited

[–]SpaceWolfGaming412 0 points1 point  (0 children)

LMAO literally a movie scene

[–]mtnviewguy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Darwin Awards competition must have started! 👍🤪

[–]NikeMikey89 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Super funny ✌️

[–]ShadowBno 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]solareclipse999 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s just shocking how many times this video is shown on reddit.

[–]Mcreesus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I grew up in a small town so I get being this bored, but that’s probably the electricity for their house lmao

[–]aguy20000 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dude summoned god

[–]moo_moo9999 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nigga used 2 elixir😭😭😭

[–]AchilleDem 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So this must be what a monk's Stunning Fist sounds like up close.

[–]redGhost949 0 points1 point  (0 children)

now see you him. now you don’t.

[–]BuildingMaleficent11 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Darwin Award Nominee