Shoppers run for cover as clocktower struck by lightning

Shoppers run for cover as clocktower struck by lightning

Firefighters work on the clocktower (Photo by Grant Melton)

A firefighter works on the damaged clocktower (Photo by Grant Melton)

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LIGHTNING struck a clocktower on the roof of a shopping centre.

Shoppers ran for cover when the clocktower in Crowborough, East Sussex, was struck just before 5pm today.

Witnesses reported hearing a cracking sound before debris from the Fernbank Centre, in High Street, smashed onto the floor.

Road closures were still in place after 8pm as emergency services worked at the scene.

No-one is thought to have been injured.

A spokesperson for East Sussex Fire and Rescue service said fire-fighters were called at 4.50pm.

She said: "The shopping mall was struck by lightning. There was a loud bang and there was a lot of debris so the crews there are making it safe."

Crews from Wadhurst and Mayfield attended the scene, borrowing an aerial platform ladder from Brighton, she added.

Police also attended to help close off the scene, a Sussex Police spokesman said.

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8:55pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Strangely Brown says...

Lightening? Was it too heavy? Was it about to give birth? The dictionary was obviously too heavy for both the author and the proof-reader. My how journalistic standards have fallen.
Lightening? Was it too heavy? Was it about to give birth? The dictionary was obviously too heavy for both the author and the proof-reader. My how journalistic standards have fallen. Strangely Brown
  • Score: 8

9:35pm Mon 11 Aug 14

snot chops says...

Cool
Cool snot chops
  • Score: 0

9:53pm Mon 11 Aug 14

binneythelegend says...

Summer Lightning? A lovely pint
Summer Lightning? A lovely pint binneythelegend
  • Score: 0

9:56pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Juliusinnit says...

"Lightning strikes, maybe once, maybe twice." This is a lyric from which song?
"Lightning strikes, maybe once, maybe twice." This is a lyric from which song? Juliusinnit
  • Score: 0

10:24pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Wide Bertha says...

Juliusinnit wrote:
"Lightning strikes, maybe once, maybe twice." This is a lyric from which song?
is your google broken ?
[quote][p][bold]Juliusinnit[/bold] wrote: "Lightning strikes, maybe once, maybe twice." This is a lyric from which song?[/p][/quote]is your google broken ? Wide Bertha
  • Score: 0

10:38pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Roundbill says...

Let me google that for you.
http://lmgtfy.com?q=
Lightning+strikes%2C
+maybe+once%2C+maybe
+twice
Let me google that for you. http://lmgtfy.com?q= Lightning+strikes%2C +maybe+once%2C+maybe +twice Roundbill
  • Score: -1

11:22pm Mon 11 Aug 14

SimonS says...

I think the biggest story here is the fact that the picture in the article isn't a library picture of some police tape.
I think the biggest story here is the fact that the picture in the article isn't a library picture of some police tape. SimonS
  • Score: 7

10:06am Tue 12 Aug 14

BradleyWiggins says...

GREAT SCOTT!!!!!
GREAT SCOTT!!!!! BradleyWiggins
  • Score: 4

10:12am Tue 12 Aug 14

LargeAndInCharge says...

Did it generate 1.21 jigawatts?!
Did it generate 1.21 jigawatts?! LargeAndInCharge
  • Score: 2

10:23am Tue 12 Aug 14

BradleyWiggins says...

And did it happen at precisely 10:04 p.m?
And did it happen at precisely 10:04 p.m? BradleyWiggins
  • Score: 1

1:09pm Tue 12 Aug 14

ThinkBrighton says...

BradleyWiggins wrote:
And did it happen at precisely 10:04 p.m?
Was I mistaken or was that a Delorean shooting up the road
[quote][p][bold]BradleyWiggins[/bold] wrote: And did it happen at precisely 10:04 p.m?[/p][/quote]Was I mistaken or was that a Delorean shooting up the road ThinkBrighton
  • Score: 0

1:45pm Tue 12 Aug 14

LargeAndInCharge says...

ThinkBrighton wrote:
BradleyWiggins wrote:
And did it happen at precisely 10:04 p.m?
Was I mistaken or was that a Delorean shooting up the road
I think you'd struggle to get up to 88mph in Brighton, even at that time!!
[quote][p][bold]ThinkBrighton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BradleyWiggins[/bold] wrote: And did it happen at precisely 10:04 p.m?[/p][/quote]Was I mistaken or was that a Delorean shooting up the road[/p][/quote]I think you'd struggle to get up to 88mph in Brighton, even at that time!! LargeAndInCharge
  • Score: 0

12:54pm Wed 13 Aug 14

ThinkBrighton says...

It was in Crowborough.
It was in Crowborough. ThinkBrighton
  • Score: 0

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