Lightning strike temporarily displaces Tucson family - Tucson News Now

Lightning strike temporarily displaces Tucson family

(Source: "See it, Snap it, Send it"/Kolette Ayala) (Source: "See it, Snap it, Send it"/Kolette Ayala)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A local family of four temporarily evacuated its home Tuesday after an apartment and a palm tree in the front yard were struck by lightning.

TFD units extinguished the flames from the tree in the 5400 block of E. 30th Street and determined the roof of the residence was also struck by lightning.

One resident said the force knocked him over even though he was in another room from where the lightning hit.

The family escaped the apartment without injury and no firefighters were harmed.

Building Safety responded to the scene and told the family they could reenter the home after an hour and a half.

TFD reminds the public lightning is most likely to strike during the summer months. To ensure your and your family's safety, the department recommends to stay indoors during a storm, unplug all electronics, don't shower or bathe during a storm and use a cellular phone instead of a land line.

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