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VDG's - dangerous
Original poster: "Daniel McCauley by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <dhmccauley-at-spacecatlighting-dot-com>
> > The information I have read kind of hinted at this but
> > went on to say that you didn't want to mess with this
> > dangerous stuff...
> Takes some care. van de Graaf currents go up with
> such a rig....
Yes, be careful. Most people are under the impression that since a van de
graaf generator is electrostatic, that it isn't dangerous.
However, if you have a powerful VDG, and you have someone standing on an
insulator (for hair raising) etc.., the body acts just like a capacitor and
the same goes with those Leyden jars. These discharges can provide enough
current to be lethal, although very rare.