Cleveland: Bricks knocked off building in lightning strike

6:55 PM, May 7, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- A lightning strike knocked bricks off a downtown building Monday morning as thunderstorms rumbled through the area.

The bolt was one of four lightning strikes recorded in less than one minute in a one block area on West 10th Street, from St. Clair Avenue north toward the Main Avenue Bridge.

One of the bricks which fell from the ninth floor of the Bridgeview Apartment building struck a Downtown Cleveland Alliance worker as they tumbled from the building's West 10th Street side.

The worker had been sweeping the sidewalk when the lightning struck at 10:35 a.m. He was not badly injured and told Cleveland Fire Department EMS staffers he was more shaken up than anything else.

Gina Morris of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance tells WKYC that EMS took the worker to MetroHealth Medical Center as a precaution to have him checked out.

"It sounded like an explosion outside of our office," is how one worker at Bridgeview described the lightning strike. "We could hear the lightning strike all the way at the front of the building. I actually thought a semi-truck had exploded in front of our office."

Two window washers who had been on a scaffold on the opposite side of the building had just climbed back onto the roof when the bolt came streaking from the sky.

"We were almost done," one of the them told WKYC. "It all happened so fast." Neither man was injured but both felt the power of the strike.

The building's main address is 1300 West 9th Street.  It was built in 1911.



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