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Lightning strike near Woodman Elementary breaks windows

WICHITA, Kansas - A lightning strike Thursday morning knocked out windows at an elementary school.

It happened at Woodman Elementary School in the 2500 block of South Hiram just around 9 a.m.

Principal Jana Epperly says most students were inside of the building, but not yet inside classrooms when a lightning bolt hit a tree close to the school.

Epperly thinks the voltage from the electricity caused limbs and debris from the tree to shoot out breaking windows in at least eight classrooms.

Julie Nelson teaches second grade and describes the ordeal.

"I was working in my room, and I was walking to the door. The bell rang and a minute later the lightning struck, glass was flying and the kids were scared."

Nelson was able to move her students out of the room safely.

School officials say they had to move several second and third grade classes to other rooms because of the glass.

No one was hurt except for a student's grandfather who was walking outside the school.

He is expected to be okay.

 

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