Lightning leaves trail of damage in PMB

2007-11-21 00:00

Apart from the Engen refinery fire in Durban that was sparked by lightning on Monday night, the offices of Supergroup in Mkondeni were also struck by lightning, which caused severe damage to office equipment.

Property manager Geanne Taylor said the strike happened during Monday afternoon's storm. A bolt of lightning struck the tiled floor, boring a hole in the process.

Sipho Zuma, who was in the office at the time, said he still cannot believe he was not struck.

“The door was closed and I saw a big red ball, which crashed right down in the floor causing a hole in it. There were sparkles all over the office and a plume of smoke engulfing us,” said Zuma.

Three computers, a fax machine and telephone lines were all damaged, said Taylor, who added they have been told that the area is prone to lightning strikes.

With the lightning season in full swing, at least two people have been killed in recent strikes. In Nkandla a nine-year-old boy died last Thursday, and in Port Shepstone, an 83-year-old woman was struck while attending a night vigil last Friday.

In Pietermaritzburg, the home of Judge Jan Hugo was struck on November 3.

The family were on holiday.

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