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Lightning strikes dangerously close to homes in Escambia County

ESCAMBIA COUNTY - A lightning strike shook up some residents in an Escambia County neighborhood when it came dangerously close to homes. The bolt busted a water main at the intersection of Hallendale and Henegar Drive around 10:00 a.m.

The bolt cracked open a main and sent water gushing into the street right in front of a home.

"It was just very, very loud," said Mike Morrissey, who lives across the street, "I mean it was a loud crack!"

Morrissey was home with his wife and other family members when the lightning bolt struck.

"The whole house just kind of electrified as it were," Mike said, "Just the tingling in your arms and everything. It was pretty close."

"[It] shook us all," said Judy Morrissey, Mike's wife, "We all got scared, looking around and wondering where it hit."
Mike says the lightning knocked out some circuit breakers at his home and the homes of a few neighbors, but that they never lost power.

"It was just, uh, just lost our water pressure," said Mike.

Water dribbled from faucets when the Morrisseys and some of their neighbors turned the water on for about an hour after the main broke.

As workers shut down the main and started pumping out water, the Morrisseys and others said they were still a bit shaken up.

"It was really scary having the sound of the lightning hit so close," said Judy.

"It just raised all the hair on my arms and my neck and everything," said Mike, "It was so eerie what it did."

Fortunately, no one was hurt. ECUA crew members were able to fix the main in just a few hours.