Lightning bolt 'unlike anything ever seen' strikes petrol station in Christchurch

Bournemouth Echo: Lightning bolt 'unlike anything ever seen' strikes petrol station in Christchurch Lightning bolt 'unlike anything ever seen' strikes petrol station in Christchurch

A BOLT of lightning ‘unlike anything ever seen’ hit the BP garage in Christchurch and displaced the canopy.

The emergency services were called to the Somerford Road garage yesterday just after 1pm after a lightning storm.

Police cordoned off the road and fire fighters attended the scene to assess the safety after reports that the roof was misplaced.

Nearby shop owner Nicholas Bingham, of Lawson’s Cycle Shop, said: “Suddenly there were really high winds that felt like about 100mph.

“It was so strong that it lifted the bikes outside our shop and then we saw a big bolt of lightning coming down in front of the shop.

“It was one hell of a bang that came down and hit the petrol station – i’ve never seen anything like it.”

PC Bill Nightingall was at the scene and said: “There have been a number of lightning strikes across the area and this one hit the garage and knocked out the electrics.

“Everything is secure and the concern is the wind damage to the roof rather than anything else.”

Sean Frampton, Group manager of Dorset Fire and Rescue, said: “We have been assessing the roof as it is moving more than anticipated after the lightning hit the shop and the strong wind.”

The road remained closed so a structural engineer could assess the damage.

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9:22am Sat 4 Jan 14

Old Colonial says...

‘unlike anything ever seen’ !!! By this one bystander maybe.
‘unlike anything ever seen’ !!! By this one bystander maybe. Old Colonial

10:19am Sat 4 Jan 14

arthur1948 says...

Great photography .......can't see any damage.
Great photography .......can't see any damage. arthur1948

12:27pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Turtlebay says...

That'll teach them not to overcharge on their petrol prices!

S'funny how petrol prices are so high in Christchurch yet are 5p per litre cheaper in Poole!
That'll teach them not to overcharge on their petrol prices! S'funny how petrol prices are so high in Christchurch yet are 5p per litre cheaper in Poole! Turtlebay

1:32pm Sat 4 Jan 14

skydriver says...

Turtlebay wrote:
That'll teach them not to overcharge on their petrol prices!

S'funny how petrol prices are so high in Christchurch yet are 5p per litre cheaper in Poole!
Good point , they are nearly as bad as those in Castle Lane , I thinks that's a no garage ,near the Hospital,
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: That'll teach them not to overcharge on their petrol prices! S'funny how petrol prices are so high in Christchurch yet are 5p per litre cheaper in Poole![/p][/quote]Good point , they are nearly as bad as those in Castle Lane , I thinks that's a no garage ,near the Hospital, skydriver

4:31pm Sat 4 Jan 14

dorsetred says...

When I queried the discrepancies with my M.P. she informed me it was down to competition , I did not like burden her with the fact that it was solely down to A'sda who have the same price structure through out the country unlike the rest of them in this area who are unable to be the same for 1/2 a mile ( Esso in Wimborne). I believe Morrison's emulate A'sda, but the rest of them RIP YOU OFF WHERE THEY CAN, every LITTLE helps like our MP,s THEMSELVES
When I queried the discrepancies with my M.P. she informed me it was down to competition , I did not like burden her with the fact that it was solely down to A'sda who have the same price structure through out the country unlike the rest of them in this area who are unable to be the same for 1/2 a mile ( Esso in Wimborne). I believe Morrison's emulate A'sda, but the rest of them RIP YOU OFF WHERE THEY CAN, every LITTLE helps like our MP,s THEMSELVES dorsetred

3:05pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Curly Jefferson says...

dorsetred wrote:
When I queried the discrepancies with my M.P. she informed me it was down to competition , I did not like burden her with the fact that it was solely down to A'sda who have the same price structure through out the country unlike the rest of them in this area who are unable to be the same for 1/2 a mile ( Esso in Wimborne). I believe Morrison's emulate A'sda, but the rest of them RIP YOU OFF WHERE THEY CAN, every LITTLE helps like our MP,s THEMSELVES
At least A'sda aren't as bad as S'ainsburys or T'escos
[quote][p][bold]dorsetred[/bold] wrote: When I queried the discrepancies with my M.P. she informed me it was down to competition , I did not like burden her with the fact that it was solely down to A'sda who have the same price structure through out the country unlike the rest of them in this area who are unable to be the same for 1/2 a mile ( Esso in Wimborne). I believe Morrison's emulate A'sda, but the rest of them RIP YOU OFF WHERE THEY CAN, every LITTLE helps like our MP,s THEMSELVES[/p][/quote]At least A'sda aren't as bad as S'ainsburys or T'escos Curly Jefferson

4:41am Mon 6 Jan 14

Chris@Bmouth says...

Yet another road closed. And stop whinging about FIVE PENCE - tighter than two coats of paint. You'll find that what BP and Shell sell are the best fuels for your car.
Yet another road closed. And stop whinging about FIVE PENCE - tighter than two coats of paint. You'll find that what BP and Shell sell are the best fuels for your car. Chris@Bmouth

5:43am Mon 6 Jan 14

WTFRUON says...

Lightning bolt 'unlike anything ever seen' strikes petrol station in Christchurch

Pretty much all lighting strikes / bolts, when they are basically on top of you are pretty awesome.I was sat on a bus in a bus station years ago during a storm all of a sudden there was a blinding flash and a very very loud bang both at the same moment.
Lightning bolt 'unlike anything ever seen' strikes petrol station in Christchurch Pretty much all lighting strikes / bolts, when they are basically on top of you are pretty awesome.I was sat on a bus in a bus station years ago during a storm all of a sudden there was a blinding flash and a very very loud bang both at the same moment. WTFRUON

7:21pm Mon 6 Jan 14

dorsetred says...

Chris@Bmouth
You miss the point entirely which was, none of the others maintain a countrywide unit pricing policy extending a mile and for the record I never buy supermarket fuel. And to think You walk amongst us.
Chris@Bmouth You miss the point entirely which was, none of the others maintain a countrywide unit pricing policy extending a mile and for the record I never buy supermarket fuel. And to think You walk amongst us. dorsetred

9:39am Tue 7 Jan 14

Chris@Bmouth says...

dorsetred wrote:
Chris@Bmouth You miss the point entirely which was, none of the others maintain a countrywide unit pricing policy extending a mile and for the record I never buy supermarket fuel. And to think You walk amongst us.
Demand varies countrywide, so why should there be a pricing policy?

"And to think You walk amongst us", what because I don't spend more money searching for fuel than actually saving at the bowser?
[quote][p][bold]dorsetred[/bold] wrote: Chris@Bmouth You miss the point entirely which was, none of the others maintain a countrywide unit pricing policy extending a mile and for the record I never buy supermarket fuel. And to think You walk amongst us.[/p][/quote]Demand varies countrywide, so why should there be a pricing policy? "And to think You walk amongst us", what because I don't spend more money searching for fuel than actually saving at the bowser? Chris@Bmouth

10:35am Tue 7 Jan 14

dorsetred says...

Chris, nor do I, let me update you if that is possible petrolprices.com and demand in this case is dictated by MONOPOLY.
Chris, nor do I, let me update you if that is possible petrolprices.com and demand in this case is dictated by MONOPOLY. dorsetred

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