wild thunderstorm passed through town on Monday (Aug.16)
afternoon, people around mid-campus were caught by surprise
when a flash of lightning struck a tree right outside Wright
No one was hurt, but the lightning
strike shattered a section of branches on the tree, a Cedar
of Lebanon, sending pieces flying into Wright Hall, where
construction workers were still on duty.
“We’re very lucky no one was outside in front of the building,” said Charlie
Conant, project manager for the Wright Hall renovation in progress, who was inside
the building on the second floor, where window spaces are still covered in plastic.
“The lightning bolt struck the
tree about 50 feet from us,” he described. “When
the tree exploded from the heat of the lightning strike,
shards of tree and bark were shot through the plastic, hitting
shelves and walls inside.
One piece of tree hit with such force it knocked a hole in the exterior cement
wall. As late as this morning workers were still finding
pieces of wood and bark in offices on the opposite side of
the second floor corridor."
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