Lightning + Personal Electronics = Ouch!!!
Last summer, a Colorado teen ended up with similar injuries when lightning struck nearby as he was listening to his iPod while mowing the lawn.
Emergency physicians report treating other patients with burns from freak accidents while using personal electronic devices such as beepers, Walkman players and laptop computers outdoors during storms.”
The moral of the story is to not be caught outside in or around a lightning storm if you can help it. Keep in mind that lightning is known to strike as far as a few miles away from the ‘rainy’ part of the storm, so don’t use rainfall as your only guide. If you absolutely cannot avoid being outside during such a storm (as sometimes happens) then by all means put the laptop, iPod, and cell phone away until you’re safely inside.