BP garage on Somerford Road in Christchurch is closed after lightning strike

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A PETROL station in Christchurch is closed after being struck by lightning.

Staff in the shop at the BP garage in Somerford Road reported the building vibrating and the power shorting out when the lightning struck at around 2pm today.

However, despite what was described as a “burning smell”, firefighters examined the roof with thermal imaging equipment, found no evidence of flames, and left after giving safety advice.

The site manager said: “We heard it and felt it, and there were witnesses who came into the shop afterwards.

“The fire service cleared the area and went up onto the roof with heat guns, they found a patch of heat but no fire.

“We are waiting for structural engineers to examine it further and the area is cordoned off. You can't be too careful and safety is our highest priority.”

He said the station was previously struck by lightning in January, which hit the canopy.

BBC weather said Bournemouth Airport recorded 15.6mm of rain in the preceding hour from a thunderstorm, with 13mm falling in just 20 minutes.

In Christchurch and Hurn, engineers are attending possible faults with traffic light equipment following the earlier storm. 

 

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4:58pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Buddles says...

Lightning doesn't strike the same place twice. Well that's put that theory to bed!
Lightning doesn't strike the same place twice. Well that's put that theory to bed! Buddles
  • Score: 36

5:16pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Lucky Rich says...

Do they sell lottery tickets,
Do they sell lottery tickets, Lucky Rich
  • Score: 16

5:30pm Mon 28 Apr 14

agp1337 says...

Yes, I can believe it. My power (Highcliffe) went off for about 15 minutes at 1410 today. Fortunately all is well now.
Yes, I can believe it. My power (Highcliffe) went off for about 15 minutes at 1410 today. Fortunately all is well now. agp1337
  • Score: 6

1:02am Tue 29 Apr 14

forest-dweller says...

Buddles wrote:
Lightning doesn't strike the same place twice. Well that's put that theory to bed!
Maybe they should think about putting a lightening conductor up. In fact, shouldn't all petrol stations have them?
[quote][p][bold]Buddles[/bold] wrote: Lightning doesn't strike the same place twice. Well that's put that theory to bed![/p][/quote]Maybe they should think about putting a lightening conductor up. In fact, shouldn't all petrol stations have them? forest-dweller
  • Score: 7

1:49am Tue 29 Apr 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Shocking prices too!
Shocking prices too! HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: -5

2:54pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Paul Weaver says...

So the Site Manager is quoted as saying:
"“The fire service cleared the area and went up onto the roof with heat guns, they found a patch of heat but no fire."

Did he think that little green aliens were attacking his petrol station with cosmic rays (lightning) and the fire service needed their heat guns (thermal imaging camera) to see them off?

:-)
So the Site Manager is quoted as saying: "“The fire service cleared the area and went up onto the roof with heat guns, they found a patch of heat but no fire." Did he think that little green aliens were attacking his petrol station with cosmic rays (lightning) and the fire service needed their heat guns (thermal imaging camera) to see them off? :-) Paul Weaver
  • Score: -2

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