said by leibold:
... Close inspection of the cord found that for almost the entire unwound length of the cord there were thousands of fine punctures in the insulation (looked more like needle punctures then bite marks). ... that the insulation has become very porous.
I've seen lightning do that to wiring - no massive charring or melting, just lots of tiny porous holes in the insulation.--
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