Lightning takes out a tree, and alas, it’s the wrong one

Lightning struck a tree at Cornwall Consolidated School on May 20, left, minutes before full schoolbuses were set to leave.

CORNWALL — Thunderstorms were bouncing around the area in the mid-afternoon on Friday, May 20. Students at Cornwall Consolidated School ended up heading home in the heaviest rain.

But the real drama came just as they finished loading onto school buses in the main driveway. With a loud crash, a bolt of lightning hit a tree across the road, near the entrance to the parking lot. As the lightning raced to the ground, it tore strips of bark from the trunk, blew them to bits and scattered them hundreds of feet away.

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