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Lightning Hits Christ Church Steeple; One Injured

An emergency service unit was called to the the Episcopal church in Cobble Hill during a flash thunderstorm Thursday evening.

A Cobble Hill church steeple was struck by lightning just after 8 p.m. Thursday evening, causing scaffolding to fall and injure a man, reports said.

While early responders could not confirm that the cause was lightning, New York Fire Department officials later told Carroll Gardens Patch that units were called to , located at 326 Clinton Street, at approximately 8:17 p.m. during a thunderstorm, after scaffolding surrounding the 117-foot tower fell to the street and struck someone.

The man was rushed to  suffering from respiratory arrest, said an FDNY spokesperson.

"I saw a ton of cops and firemen, and they roped off half of Kane and Clinton," said one neighbor, who also noted rubble on the street. 

The steeple is 171 years old and has been shrouded in construction supports since the end of June to allow work on stones and mortar that were loosened from previous lightning bolts as well as the August 2011 earthquake.

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Johnnie July 27, 2012 at 02:33 PM
For all the hype of this storm (that didn't materialize) this story is truly sad.
Louise July 27, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Johnnie there was a storm but it lasted for about an hour but the heavy winds lasted less than that, but even tho this is a very sad story..Condolences to his family,

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