First Arizona bitcoin ATM struck by lightning

TUCSON, AZ - Arizona's first bitcoin ATM was struck by lightning and the owner is now trying to pick up the pieces.

The Skyhook bitcoin machine, located inside the Bookmans Entertainment Exchange in Tucson, was installed last week but the building was struck by lighting which knocked out some of the ATM's components, according to Coin Desk.

The founder of the company, Brian Williams, said that around a dozen people had used the machine before it went out of commission. Most of the transactions were small, between $5-$10, but one person bought around $581 worth of bitcoin, according to the website.

Williams said the power surge that knocked out the machine only affected certain parts of it and luckily, did not affect any of the accounts linked to the machine. He was also able to recover the hard currency inside of the machine.

Williams is trying to determine the amount of damage the machine suffered and said that one of the core components, along with the touchscreen and the ATM's bill acceptor may have been damaged.

Williams said the incident was avoidable and apologized to people who were inconvenienced by it. The next closest bitcoin ATMs are in Las Vegas or Tijuana, Mexico.

There are 23 bitcoin ATM's in the United States and about 140 active ones worldwide.

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