This 15-Year-Old Boy Was Found Dead After a YouTube Science Experiment Went Wrong

2022-05-29 00:16:50 By : Mr. Daniel sun

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Morgan Wojciechowski was attempting an experiment called Jacob's Ladder, which involves a high-voltage arc of electricity.

A 15-year-old Ohio boy was electrocuted after apparently performing an experiment he found on YouTube that involves a high-voltage traveling arc of electricity, local authorities told the Associated Press on Wednesday.

Morgan Wojciechowski's parents found him on Tuesday in their garage, Jared Oliver, chief deputy with the Erie County Sheriff's Office, said. 

At the scene, police found a battery pack from a microwave attached to an electrical outlet by extension cords, with jumper cables attached to the battery pack and two pieces of a wire hanger. He was attempting to create a Jacob's Ladder, a high-voltage traveling arc of electricity that is sometimes seen in science museums. When done correctly, an electric spark is able to jump between two parallel wires. 

Oliver told the AP that Morgan's experiment was not part of any school assignment. "He was doing this on his own," he said. 

According to a statement released by Philip Pempin, the superintendent of the Vermilion Local School District, Morgan was a "vibrant student and athlete who was well liked at Vermilion High School," where he was a freshman. 

Morgan was an excellent athlete, running track for his high school and playing on a premier soccer team, Samba Soccer Club. According to his obituary on, he loved to play Xbox, airsoft, ride dirt bikes, and go hunting and fishing with his dad and brother. He was passionate about science and computers. 

So, so tragic. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and entire school community.

Hannah Orenstein is the author of several novels, including Meant to Be Mine (out June 7, 2022), Head Over Heels, Love at First Like, and Playing with Matches. She's also the Deputy Editor of Dating at Elite Daily. She lives in Brooklyn. 

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