Shrug. Induced current. Back in dial-up days, I once lost a modem to a
distant lightning strike, even though the phones kept working fine. They
said it was likely the local loop acting as antenna for the stray
current. In your case, if the TV had a roof antenna, you acting as a
ground probably kept the TV from getting fried. I presume it was on one
of those game<->tv RF modulator switch boxes?
Was it a USRobitics modem? I had lightning hit mine twice. They
replaced it both times. It would burn out the phone port but all the
lights still worked. My phones were unaffected as well. I should
have taken that as a warning, but I didn't.
I had a lightning hit again and burned up two computers through the
LAN cards. Both the phone and the cable were bonded to the copper
I ended up driving a separate ground rod for the copper pipe in my
basement and bonding it to my existing ground rod.
I think that I had cable run to the TV at that point, but I can't
remember clearly. The console had always been run through RCA plugs.
Another interesting fact that I forgot to mention: I was in a treehouse
at the time, which was actually at a higher point than any other part of
the house. lol
As teenagers, as friend and I were getting out of a creek, pulling on
the farmers barbed wire fence, a strike hit about a half mile away, not
sure how close to the fence it hit. With our feet in water and our
hands on the fence, we got zapped but not nearly as bad as you may
think. Probably took a path down every wet fence post before reaching us.
Years back at an Army infiltration course (barbed wire overhead, GIs
crawling underneath, 1/4 sticks of tnt in sandbagged berms exploding
near them, live machine gun fire overhead), lightning struck the
controllers bunker, injured a few, went down the control wiring and
set off every charge in the course at the same time.
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