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Lightning hits Racine garage and driveway, leaving grapefruit-sized hole behind

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Posted at 10:09 PM, Sep 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-10 23:20:31-04

RACINE, Wis. — Lightning struck a west side Racine neighborhood, shaking homes and sparking a fire.

“I woke up to the firemen banging on our window,” said Chelsea Lehmann.

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Chelsea Lehmann shows where lightning hit her next-door neighbor's garage.

Lehmann and her kids slept through the lightning strike right next to their home near Cleveland and Washington Avenues on Tuesday around 6 a.m. Her friend who lives a half mile away was jolted awake.

"A huge crack boom, shake of the house,” said Cassi Lunde who stopped by Lehmann's home to check on her friend.

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Garage where lightning strike happened.

A neighbor caught what happened just seconds after the strike on cell phone video. He said you could hear sparking and hissing and there were constant flashes of light from a wire that came down.

Lehmann saw what happened after the fire was out.

“The lightning hit down this way. You can see the hole. It’s a pretty big hole. I can probably put my arm in there," she said.

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Hole, about the size of a grapefruit, left behind after lightning strike.

Crews had them evacuate their home until the fire was under control. It burned along the garage.

Lehmann said the building belongs to her neighbor who luckily was not home at the time.

“I thought they say the thing highest in the sky is going get hit, but this is the ground and it hit the ground so it’s really scary," said Lehmann. "It changes my perspective on storms and lightning."

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Neighbors look at the char marks from the fire.

Her home had some minor smoke damage from the fire. But no one was hurt.