Lightning bolt strikes through Kingswood home
A LIGHTNING bolt tore through the roof of a house in Bristol last night, forcing radiators off the wall of the property.
The three-storey home in Britton Gardens, Kingswood, was struck just before 7.45pm amid a powerful hail storm.
The roof and chimney stack were badly damaged, while several vehicles nearby were also damaged by falling debris.
The lightning ran down through the house, forcing radiators off the wall before it was channelled into a water main, which was also left damaged.
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Fire crews from Temple, Kingswood, Speedwell and Avonmouth were at the scene for four-and-a-half hours using a hydraulic platform to provide lighting and to help remove potentially dangerous rubble from the roof.
Heavy salvage sheets and a thermal imaging camera were also used.
The electricity supply to the property was directly affected and several neighbouring homes were disrupted.
Avon Fire and Rescue Service's Darren Bane said no fire was involved.
He added: "The force of the lightning was enough to cause the damage to the roof alone. Lightning is an extremely powerful force."