Lightning kills teens in hail storm

2013-10-26 00:00

TWO teenagers were struck by lightning and killed in the Willowfountain area near Edendale, Pietermaritzburg, yesterday.

Police spokesperson Thulani Zwane said the teenage boys, aged 12 and 15, were outside playing when they were struck by lightning. A heavy storm, with lightning and hail, struck the area at lunchtime.

No further details were available last night.

In other storm drama, the Engen garage at Hayfields suffered thousands of rands in damage.

Hail fell across the city, but was heaviest in Hayfields where it looked as if it had snowed.

A senior employee who declined to be named said the storm brought down a car shade structure, worth about R150 000. “It also damaged the [shop] roof, which started leaking and there was also some stock loss. I estimate [this at] about R5 000.”

Vaseela Naidoo, store manager at the KwikSpar next to the garage, said they had water gushing out of the ceiling, which flooded part of the store and damaged stock. She said they were yet to quantify the damage.

Msunduzi fire officials said they had not responded to any emergencies.

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