Lightning rods reconsidered

Vara, Jon
August 1992
Yankee;Aug92, Vol. 56 Issue 8, p76
Looks at the benefits and drawbacks of lightning rods. Damage lightning can cause; Protection lightning rods offer; `Cones of protection'; Claims of the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI); Statistics on deaths from lightning strikes; Role location plays in lightning strikes; Lightning rods' protection of people in homes; Property damage statistics; Conclusion. INSET: A minority point of view, by Judson D. Hale Sr..


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