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When using a cell phone or a cordless phone, is it dangerous to talk when there is lightning, like it is on a regular phone?

Don Rogers, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka, said he had not heard of lightning dangers with cell phones. The danger on regular corded phones is lightning striking the phone wire leading into a building, then traveling along the line to the phone and the person using it, he said.

Rogers said he couldn't say for sure that someone with a cell phone wouldn't get struck by lightning, but in presentations the weather service gives about weather and lightning dangers, cell phones are not discussed.


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