LIGHT­NING SPLITS TREE IN TWO

Bolt bi­fur­cates Bren­nanstown Rid­ing School tree in freak storm

Bray People - - FRONT PAGE - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

A LARGE TREE was torn in half by light­ning last Mon­day af­ter­noon at Bren­nanstown Rid­ing School in Bray dur­ing a freak storm. The tree was lo­cated in a gar­den pad­dock to the rear of the school, and close to the res­i­dence of Jane Bloomer of Bren­nanstown Rid­ing School.

One of her sons, who is home from Eng­land, heard what he de­scribed as an ex­plo­sion dur­ing the elec­tri­cal storm in or around lunchtime on Mon­day.

The Bloomers said that they are not sure what type of tree it was, but it was im­pos­ing.

The lands were for­merly part of Lord Meath’s es­tate which in­cludes some sig­nif­i­cant types of tree.

A large tree was torn in half by light­ning last Mon­day af­ter­noon at Bren­nanstown Rid­ing School in Bray dur­ing a freak storm.

The tree was lo­cated in a gar­den pad­dock to the rear of the school, and close to the res­i­dence of Jane Bloomer of Bren­nanstown Rid­ing School.

One of her sons who is home from Eng­land heard what he de­scribe as an ex­plo­sion dur­ing the elec­tri­cal storm in or around lunchtime on Mon­day.

The Bloomers said that they are not sure what type of tree it was, how­ever it was im­pos­ing.

The lands were for­merly part of Lord Meath’s es­tate which in­cludes some sig­nif­i­cant types of tree.

While there were no classes un­der way at Bren­nanstown on Mon­day, there were some horses nearby as they some­times graze in the pad­dock.

How­ever, none of them were hurt.

While there were some scorch marks on what re­mains of the tree, there was not an on­go­ing fire fol­low­ing the light­ning strike.

Jane’s son said that when he looked at it, it ap­peared that flames were com­ing from the tree, how­ever they now think that what he saw was wood shoot­ing out.

Mean­while, Vic­to­ria Road in Grey­stones was closed at around the same time and dur­ing the same storm, which in­cluded sud­den and very heavy down­pours of rain.

The fire brigade was called to the scene of a flood ap­proach­ing the har­bour and ma­rina area.

The sec­tion be­tween the Beach House and the rail­way bridge was closed due to flood dam­age.

Gar­daí at­tended the scene and traf­fic con­trol mea­sures were put in to place.

The roads were treach­er­ous in the area dur­ing the in­ci­dent. Mem­bers of Grey­stones Fire Brigade as­sisted the clear up.

The road sur­face was dam­aged by wa­ter and tem­po­rary re­pairs were con­ducted on Mon­day, with the dis­trict en­gi­neer to ex­am­ine the area for fur­ther re­pairs.

Dur­ing the flood­ing, a foul smell in the area caused by ris­ing sewage force lo­cal clo­sures for ap­prox­i­mately one hour.

The au­thor­i­ties opened one lane and in­tro­duced a ‘stop-go’ sys­tem on the road for the re­main­der of the af­ter­noon and evening as re­pairs con­tin­ued.

Ger­ald Bloomer of Bren­nanstown Rid­ing School sur­vey­ing the dam­age after the light­ning strike on Mon­day.

Vic­to­ria Road in Grey­stones dam­aged by rain­fall.

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