The old adage that lighting never strikes twice in the same place almost lost its credibility in Dover over the weekend.
Two houses in the same block each took a lightning hit — one on Friday and the other just about 24 hours later.
“It was an amazing event,” said John Nelson of 864 Forrest Ridge Drive, whose house was hit at 4:16 p.m. Saturday.
Dover firefighters said they found pieces of burned asphalt shingles laying in the yard and an area on the roof where the strike had occurred. At the time, however, there was no fire or other problems found.
Nelson said his son, Kyle, 20, was on a covered porch grilling supper when the strike occurred. He said it scared his son, but he wasn’t hurt.
Other family members saw a shower of sparks, and they later found that the lightning had blown about a foot- in-diameter hole in the corner of the roof.
The lightning also set off the family’s house alarm and ruined almost all of the home’s electronic equipment, Nelson said.
Ironically, Nelson said he remembered seeing a city fire truck down the street just the day before.
That was when firefighters were called to the Kevin and Lindy Conley residence at 811 Forrest Ridge Drive (just six houses away) at 4:43 p.m. Friday.
Firefighters reported that lightning struck a chimney at the rear of the Conley home, where they found a burned and broken piece of vinyl siding on the ground near the chimney.
They said siding also was burned and an aluminum soffit was melted.
Electrical breakers in the residence also had been tripped, but no fire was found.
Nelson said the experience has taught him that the best place to be during a thunderstorm is inside. Source