Archive for Tuesday, June 12, 2012

LIGHTNING STRIKE: Monday storm hits chimney

June 12, 2012

Wayne Yorkovich pulled his truck out of the garage early Monday morning anticipating a summer shower that would wash off his vehicle.

Minutes later, more than rain fell at his home on Smiley Road just north of the U.S. Highway 24-40 curve in Tonganoxie.

Lightning struck his chimney, sending brick pieces throughout his yard.

“It was like a bomb went off,” Yorkovich said. “It was a direct hit.”

The lightning struck just before 1:30 a.m. The strike did not cause a fire, but it ruined Yorkovich’s televisions, telephones, automatic garage door mechanism and doorbell.

“I’m alive and the house didn’t catch on fire,” he said.

The Tonganoxie City Fire Department responded to the strike, which was its lone call related to the weather, according to the department.

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