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PHOTOS: Lightning strike damages Stoney River Drive

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Photo by HCSO deputy Kevin Ritchey. Photo by HCSO deputy Kevin Ritchey.
Photo by HCSO deputy Kevin Ritchey. Photo by HCSO deputy Kevin Ritchey.
Photo by HCSO deputy Kevin Ritchey. Photo by HCSO deputy Kevin Ritchey.
HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

UPDATE: An act of mother nature proves that lightning can strike anywhere at anytime. Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputies responded to Stoney River Drive in Harrison when lightning struck a road, crumbling the asphalt.

Repairs were made quickly to the road it was was re-opened hours later.

People who live nearby didn't know what happened at first --- and were surprised to find out the damage was caused by lightning.

"We actually heard a pop in our house and thought it had hit our house," said Tommy Wright.

The National Weather Service says lightening usually strikes the tallest object, but that wasn't the case Monday night.

"It blew a hole about two foot deep and two foot wide from one side to the other," Wright said.

A bolt of lightning caused all the damage and it closed part of the road until crews could make repairs.

"That's something you don't hear everyday, because typically you think it's going to hit trees, or some kind of metal object or whatever," said Home Builder Greg Rollins.

Channel 3 Chief Meteorologist Paul Barys wants people to know lightning is unpredictable.

Striking a roadway isn't common, but it can happen.

"Lightning can do anything it wants, it sounds simplistic but it does anything it wants," Barys said.

One thing you can count on, a lightning strike is sure to cause destruction.

"It was 50 thousand degrees so it melted that road for an instant, it melted that road, and then that road exploded," Barys said.

Luckily, no one was hurt during Monday night's storm. But it's important to know the risks to stay safe for the next one.

"Lightning is probably the most dangerous thing, than anything else in a thunderstorm, more than tornadoes because it happens all the time," Barys said.

"I guess God was looking out for us because it could have been a lot worse," said Wright.

Barys says if there's a thunderstorm happening near you the safest place to be is inside a secure building or a car.
    
If you hear thunder, then you are at risk for being struck by lightning.

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