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Gamer Struck By Lightning Through Her Controller During Freak Accident While Livestreaming

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Twitch is a lot of fun to watch, because you never know what will happen.  But “will or won’t my Twitch commentator be struck by lightning through her controller?” is not usually the question you’ve thought of to ask.

But for Jaime Bickford, aka “Karma” or “Karmaah” on Twitch, this was a very real concern.

While commentating on the game Rocket League over livestream, users heard Bickford exclaim “ouch!” and tear up in pain.

She was unable to get much out over the course of the livestream, but later she would reveal that the large shock she’d received through her PS4 controller was actually a lightning strike.

She later explained:

“The house next door to me got struck by lightning.”

The lightning must’ve hit there and gone through, there’s like a metal thing—you guys can’t see what I’m talking about—but there’s a metal thing that goes down the house, and it must’ve gone down the house and somehow hit me.”

“Not hit me, but it went into my controller, and the controller like sparked and burnt my hand.”

Bickford thankfully only sustained very minor burns from the lightning strike, though part of her controller was melted. 

She elaborated through Twitter.

But people were shocked—no pun intended—that such a scary, intense thing could happen in the safety of your own home.

2020 just keeps getting crazier and crazier by the minute.

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Written by Mike Walsh

Mike is a writer, dancer, actor, and singer who recently graduated with his MFA from Columbia University. Mike's daily ambitions are to meet new dogs and make new puns on a daily basis. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @mikerowavables.