Lightning hits Williamson Way home

Like many people residing on the south end of the Bear Creek drainage, Troy Ferguson of Ashland was somewhat entranced by the dozens of lightning strikes poking the surrounding hills Wednesday evening. "It was a hellacious storm," Ferguson said. "It was a fantastic thunder and lightning show. We lost count of all the strikes, but we had a good vantage point for watching Grizzly Peak." One even struck at nearby North Mountain Park. Moments later, some time around 10 o'clock, a bolt smashed into his Williamson Way property. "It felt like a bomb went off in our house," said the former Marine. "We don't know if it was a direct hit to the house or traveled in from the front of the house." What was clear, however, was the water line was busted, the air conditioner failed, pilot lights to the fireplace and water heater were snuffed, the television and cable were fried. A light switch cover was blown off and several switches put out of commission. "We do have some electricity," Ferguson said this morning. It may take a while to reconnect the water. "The exploded the PVC pipe," he said. "We could see the water boiling out of the water main and running down the street. It probably took about hour to get it turned off. I can't wait to see the bill with the new water restrictions in place; hopefully the city will work with us." — Greg Stiles

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