Clean up underway after Shawnee apartment hit by lightning


SHAWNEE, Okla. (KFOR) – Clean up is underway after a lightning bolt hit a Shawnee apartment building Thursday night. 

“It felt like it hit right on top of our apartment,” said resident Kim Colwell. “It was like such a boom that it popped my ears.”

This happened Thursday night at the Aldridge. 

“It felt like the building shook, and this building is so sturdy,” said Colwell. 

Lightning hit the top of the building, forcing bricks to tumble all the way down, hitting at least one car that was in the parking lot.

The property manager says they don’t have many other details, but contractors were out Friday to asses the damage. 

“It is safe here. We have talked to the fire department, and everybody is safe,” said property manager Chrystal Easley. 

Contractors tell KFOR there is some roof damage, and it could be tens of thousands of dollars in repairs. 

Easley is just glad no one was injured. 

“Right now, we’re just very thankful that no one was hurt,” she said. 

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Although it was scary for residents, they’re also glad it didn’t end worse. 

“I’m relieved! Because it was scary!” said Colwell.

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