Lightning strikes Judson College

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 22, 2002

MARION &045;&045; A lightning bolt wiped out power and burned an electrical service station at Judson College on Tuesday night.

According to Judson President David Potts, lightning struck Kirtley Dormitory on the college’s campus around 8 p.m. Tuesday. No one was in the building at the time, and no injuries were reported. In fact, the strike gave Potts renewed confidence in his school’s buildings and in the fire protection in Marion.

The school is not sure about the cost of the damage done Tuesday night, but Potts is not concerned about structural damage to the dormitory.

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According to the college’s president, Judson has wired every room in the dorms with access to the Internet.

Classes do not begin at Judson until after Labor Day. Because of that, there were no students in the dorm. If there were, however, Potts said no one would have been affected by the lightning strike.

Damage from Tuesday’s storm was not limited simply to Judson. In Selma, there were numerous reports of lightning strikes.

A house on Lakeview Avenue was damaged after lightning struck a tree and splintered the tree down the middle. That tree collapsed on a Lakeview Avenue home.

In the Valley Grand area, one home was struck by lightning. The bolt fried the home’s air-conditioning unit, a TV and several other electrical appliances inside the house.