an effect of a lightning strike or other intense electric discharge in which the electric current passes over the body instead of through it. The result is a red, featherlike branching pattern on the skin.
The electric flashover phenomenon is dependent on different parameters such as proximity to the source of the pollution, level of contamination, surrounding weather conditions and also the nature of voltage waveforms.
In the flashover phenomenon the majority of the lightning's energy is theorized to flow around the outside of the body of the victim, thus protecting the person in part from the damaging effects of the lightning.
The flashover phenomenon occurred with at least one soldier as manifested by a metal container of cough drops being spot-welded by the strike.