Lightning strike blows hole through Bexley gas line

BEXLEY, Ohio (WCMH) — A lightning strike blew a hole through a gas line near a home in Bexley.

The lightning strike happened around 1:30 a.m. on North Ardmore Road.

A Bexley Police dispatcher said a homeowner heard a loud noise and went outside to see what happened. The owner saw a tree in his front yard was on fire.

The owner was able to put the fire out, but he started smelling gas.

The fire department evacuated two homes while Columbia Gas worked to shut off the gas.

The lightning traveled through the tree and the current burned a hole in the gas line and blew out four windows in one of the homes.

The people inside the homes were allowed back inside after gas crews secured the area.

Columbia Gas will work on replacing the gas line later today. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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