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Thunderstorm blows through Ballard, lightning hits church in Green Lake

Posted by Geeky Swedes on March 29th, 2014

Thunder, lightning and heavy rain blew through North Seattle this Saturday afternoon, and Seattle Fire says a bolt blew a hole in a Green Lake church.

Firefighters say lightning left a 2-by-4 foot hole above the alter in Bethany Community Church. There were no injuries.

Over in Ravenna, lightning struck a tree “sending bark flying, hearts pounding, and causing a small power outage,” reports Ravenna blog.

Forecasters say a chance of ice pellet and thundershowers will continue into Saturday evening.

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8 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Fred // Mar 30, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Was there a fire? Otherwise, why did the firemen go up the hook-and-ladder– to get a better look at the hole?

    Seems like a typical waste of resources from SFD.

  • 2 Seattleslew // Mar 30, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Sheesh, Fred. Next time lightning strikes your house, don’t call the fire department…save us all some money.

    Fires don’t have to be leaping flames. They can smolder inside a roof.

  • 3 Fred // Mar 30, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Sure, I will save us all lots of money by not calling.

    Most of them are probably in pioneer square beating up homeless people anyway.

  • 4 Richard Coleman // Mar 30, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Fred is the most adorable troll ever.

  • 5 guesty // Mar 30, 2014 at 10:46 am

    clearly a sign that god is angry with that church. isn’t that the sort of thing pat Robertson would say?

    it’d be nice if the church paid taxes to help with the expense of the FD.

  • 6 Profile photo of JM98107 JM98107 // Mar 30, 2014 at 10:48 am

    The SFD and EMTs waste a lot of time and money visiting with homeless drunks passed out on the streets of Seattle.

  • 7 Seattleslew // Mar 30, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Gosh, anonymity has really upped the level of discourse here.

  • 8 Fruitbat // Apr 1, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Altar, not alter.

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