Is there anything that explains what exactly is fired from the Lightning rifles?
According to Wikia, the Lightning rifle is:
A Lightning Rifle is an directed-energy weapon used by the human resistance.
... the weapon emits an intense burst of lightning able to destroy a Sentinel with one or two well-placed shots.
And the description of the damage says:
Despite designed for use against machines, the weapon is also easily able to kill a human target, demonstrated by Cypher when he kills Dozer and injures Tank in the original Matrix film. A shot with the weapon was the equivalent to being struck by lightning or coming in contact with a live wire, though more indirect shots would only burn and injure organic targets. Direct hits cauterized or incinerated organic targets though, if a target were indirectly hit, they would not be fatally burned by the electricity. Tank subsequently uses the rifle to kill Cypher, having been left on the floor beside his presumed-dead body.
So it is presumably basically a lightning bolt, according to Wikia.
However, in the scene where Neo and Bane (Smith) are fighting, Bane(Smith) fires the weapon and Neo grabs it, they are then locked in a battle for the weapon, when they do a half circle while the weapon is being discharged (Youtube 2:51). After that there is all sorts of hoses and wires that fall down after what looks like they have been severed.
If the pulse of energy was electricity, there is no way it was cutting through wires like it shows.
We know it cuts through live wires and just not plastic hoses (cutting through plastic would be plausible) due to the fact that Bane (Smith) uses one of the severed wires to blind Neo.
So is there anything other than Wikia that states what exactly is being fired from the Lightning rifles?