Direct strike on chimney dislodges cut stones (L)
Calhoun commissioner Rick Sampson (R) examines
damage by stones to porch roof and furniture

A direct lightning strike to a chimney on the Calhoun Courthouse annex (old jail building) yesterday evening sent cut stones flying.

There was disruption of power in the building and some problems with computers, but there was no fire, said Grantsville Volunteer Fire Department officer, Dave Johnson.

A storm swept through the area, bringing much needed rain at 7 p.m.

Risk posed for traffic and pedestrians on back street (L) with
several of the historic building's slate shingles destroyed (R)

Grantsville residents saw the flash and heard the strike. Pieces of the chimney fell to the street behind the courthouse and rolled down the roof, crashing through an aluminum porch awning.

Pieces of the original slate roofing shingles were also damaged on the historic building.

County commission president Rick Sampson said he hopes shingles matching the original ones can be found.