:surprised: Let me explain what happened. There is a great scenic overlook on top of the Appalachian Trail near my house. The overlook is mainly there because a power line travels up the mountain, and that section of the hill is clear cut to keep the trees out of the lines. The view is incredible! Midway between two transmission towers is a pile of large boulders which you need to climb to get the best view. This boulder pile (boulders about the size of a small car), puts you within 40-45 feet of the transmission lines. The height of the tower is about 100' from the ground, but this outcropping puts you closer to the wires since its at the midpoint of the two towers and is about 60' above ground level. I do not know the voltage of the lines, but you can hear crackling noises from the wires. My girlfriend was sitting on one of the boulders and I was standing up with thick rubber soled hiking boots on. The weather was clear, 84F, and humidity levels about 25%. We had not touched each other the few minutes we were on the boulder, and I didn't touch the ground since I arrived on that boulder. Then, I touched her hair with my bare hand, and immediately felt a buzzing/painful sensation in my hand! She felt it as well and became alarmed. At first I thought a bee or hornet was in her hair trying to sting the two of us. I grabbed my hat off my head and started to chase this insect away from her hair. NOTE: I didn't see an insect, but assumed it was because of the noise (a constant buzzzzzzzzzzzzzt sound and pain like a sting). I didn't feel or hear any buzzing while I was swatting at this "insect" with my hat. I looked down at my right hand, where I had touched her hair, and noticed a small red mark about 2mm in diameter. It looked exactly like bee sting, but there wasn't a stinger. I then went to touch her back and lift her hair to look for any sting marks and IMMEDIATELY the buzzing/pain sensation happened AGAIN! I could CLEARLY see that my hand was contacting her polyester/nylon shirt, and that there WASN'T and insect there, it was just my hand touching her back! I COULD SEE NOTHING TO EXPLAIN THE SENSATION OR NOISE, yet felt and heard something! I pulled my hand away from her after about 2s, and we both realized that the pain/noise we where both feeling must have been coming from some type of charge induced by the power lines! We both crouched low, didn't touch each other, and briskly made our way to another boulder which was not directly under this power line. I was about 40-45' away from the overhead lines when I was standing. It is hard to judge exactly how far overhead the wire was because the only thing behind the wire is the sky. This makes giving an accurate distance difficult, but I feel my estimate is correct. These wires are very thick, about 4" in diameter. They also crackle/hum constantly. What I feel happened is that some kind of static electrical charge built up in me, because I was standing, and was insulated with my rubber boots. Since my girlfriend was sitting, she was grounded, even though she was wearing boots. After thinking about it, the whole situation felt like one big, constant static shock, like the ones you get in the winter. Your typical static shock only last a few milliseconds in the winter after walking over a thickly carpeted area and touching a grounded object. Since I was so close to the wires (40-45') there was a "constant" supply of these free electrons and thats why we both felt that buzzing/stinging sensation for as long as we did. Am I way off base here, what do you think happened? Thanks!