Franklin Experiment With lightning

Can lightning be brought down to earth?

PHILADELPHIA, 1752-Benjamin Franklin, a well known scientist, experimented with a kite, metal key, wet twine, and friction to prove that there is energy in the heavens.Back in his lab, Franklin was able to get a spark from static electricity so he decided to take it outside.On a windy day, Franklin flew a kite on a wet twine, connected to a meat key.The friction in the clouds was enough to send energy down the wet twine and create a spark that jumped from the key to his knuckles. Luckily Franklin was not exposed to lightning or rain other wise he would have lost his life.