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Lightning strikes damage roof and stun two during storm

Glen Harper (far left) and Tim Collins (lying down) say they were struck by lightning during Sunday's large storm. Both men were outside on Mr Collins' patio at the time.
Glen Harper (far left) and Tim Collins (lying down) say they were struck by lightning during Sunday's large storm. Both men were outside on Mr Collins' patio at the time. Claudia Baxter

TWO men were struck by lightning and a house roof was punctured by an electrical bolt in Brassall during yesterday's fierce thunderstorms.

Tim Collins and Glen Harper were preparing a camp oven roast when lightning struck the metal pergola at the back of the Alexandra St home after 4pm.

Mr Collins claimed it was the fourth time he had been hit by lightning.

"My mate was heating up some hot rocks and I was leaning on the other side of the barbecue," a shaken Mr Harper said.

"It threw me back and I thought, 'where did that come'. I felt it go through my arms."

A Queensland Ambulance representative said both men escaped serious injury and were transported to Ipswich Hospital for precautionary treatment.

"It looks like they have earthed out the lightning strike by standing there," he said.

Mr Collins' wife Tracy, who was at home with their two children, said a minor entry wound was visible on her husband's hand.

"I was on the other side of the house and my daughter was in the lounge room," she said.

"All I heard was him singing out to me and I came out and my daughter had him in a chair and he was in a bit of shock, saying 'I've been struck by lightning'.

BOLT HOLE: Light streams through a gap in the roof of a Brassall property.
BOLT HOLE: Light streams through a gap in the roof of a Brassall property. Claudia Baxter

"This is the fourth time. He has been struck three times before.

"The first time was when he was younger in a backyard at North Ipswich.

"He was outside chasing the chooks and putting them in the pen and was struck on the back. He seems to be a magnet for electricity.

"We've got lotto on for Thursday night, so we're hopeful."

A nearby duplex on Aramac St was also damaged when a lightning strike pierced a large hole through the tiled roof, splintering the floor tiles in the kitchen and frying the fuse box.

Bonita Walters was at home during the storm and was thankful she was in another room at the time.

"My whole body vibrated; the house shook and there was a big bang in the kitchen," Ms Walters said.

"It came straight down through the metal frame in the wall and blew off the ceiling light and light switch casing on the wall."

Churchill recorded 8mm of rainfall, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

The highest falls were at Tallegalla, which recorded 24mm. Kalbar Weir had 22mm.

Topics:  bureau of meteorology editors picks lightning strike



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