Originally Posted by p8ntballsteve
And to show how the odds of that are, there were 4 deaths due to lightning while playing paintball, so it's safe to assume the odds of dying are that of being struck by lightning.
Just to nitpick for fun, this logic is flawed. There have been far more paintball games played where C02/HPA tanks were used (all of them) than there have been paintball games played were there was lightning in the area.
For instance lets just say that 1,000,000 paintball games have ever been played in the world, out of those, 4 people have died, so the chances of dying from C02 tanks for that number of games would be 250,000:1, because in every single one of these games, there was a chance of being blown up by a C02 or HPA tank.
However, out of those 1,000,000 games, there have been maybe 10,000 games played where lightning was present (and assuming that 1 out of every 10 games played is played in the rain is pretty generous). So there have only been 10,000 possible games played were lightning could have been a threat, so the chances of dying from a lightning strike while playing paintball would be 2500:1.
Therefore, it would actually be far more likely to die from a lightning strike while playing paintball than to die from a C02/HPA tank exploding.
Of course the total numbers for games played and games played during thunderstorms are way off (would be much higher), and there is no way that it is storming during 10% of all games played, so the actual chances of either of those would be much lower (first number in both ratios would be higher)