Lightning strikes computer modem leaves burned circuits behind

Lightning strikes computer modem

When lightning strikes a computer, charred metal, melted plastic, and burned circuits are the results.

This computer's modem was hit with a power surge during an electrical storm. The computer was protected by a surge protector but not one with modem outlets.

The owner brought the machine to IT Systems Administrator Brad Rowden--who took these pictures.

Photo by Brad Rowden

By Bill Detwiler

Bill Detwiler is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the ...