Oak tree no match for storm

August 10, 2008 3:41:35 PM PDT
In the 600 block of Knox in Wayne, a neighbor is startled by what she heard. "I was in the kitchen with the kids fixing them lunch and I heard a very loud explosion and I thought one of my trees fell down," Sheryl Reidenbach said.

That turned out not to be the case, but she soon learned the explosion she heard was over a block away in a neighbor's backyard.

"When I ran up, I saw that the tree had pretty much exploded, the bark had fallen off the tree, and the tree was just bare," Reidenbach said.

When the lightning struck the 90-foot tall oak tree, it literally blew it to smithereens scattering debris in a 50-yard radius around the neighborhood.

"As far as lightning strikes goes, that's pretty severe to blow apart an oak tree, which is a strong tree, completely like that," Frank Fantini of Advanced Tree Care said.

Part of the tree fell on the roof of a home causing a bit of damage, but there was nobody home at the time.

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