Two people have been electrocuted by home-made electrical devices used to shock earthworms.
Fishkeeper Joann Altheimer of Little Sioux, Iowa, was killed using a worm shocker in her back garden, while five year old Jacob Hill died the day before after plugging in a similar device.
The worm shocking devices work rather like the electrofishing equipment used by fisheries scientists.
An electrical charge is applied to the ground for a short period and the worms rise to the surface in an attempt to escape, allowing them to be collecting very easily.
Altheimer had reportedly soaked her garden with a hose before going out with her electrical worm shocker.
The Omaha Channel says that Altheimer had a number of large fish and needed to collect some worms to feed them.
The Harrison County Sherrif\'s Office, who now has Altheimer\'s worm shocker, told Zwire: \"I definitely wouldn\'t use anything with electricity to collect worms.\"
Please don\'t try this at home.