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Benjamin Franklin experiments with a kite during a thunderstorm. In June of 1752, Ben Franklin sought to prove that lightning was electrical by flying a kite in stormy weather. When Franklin touched the iron key attached to the kite's string, he saw sparks fly between his knuckle and the metal key. But some historians doubt that this famous experiment really happened.
Ben understood that lightning was very powerful, and he also knew that it was dangerous. That's why he also figured out a way to protect people, buildings, and ships from it, the lightning rod. Ben was always looking for new ideas about electricity, since it was one of his favorite pastimes.
Although electricity was just a hobby for Ben Franklin, he made many important contributions. Later scientists continued to study electricity using many of Ben's ideas. Even today, scientists are still studying electricity and learning more about it. They've learned that all citizens need to practice good safety habits, since electricity can be very dangerous. Ben Franklin would be amazed at how important his stormy kite flight really was!
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