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Lightning strike narrowly misses children

TWO Highfields children had a close shave on Saturday night after a lightning strike narrowly missed them.

Highfields resident Ray Murphy posted a video online which shows the aftermath of the terrifying incident.

He said the most frightening moment was when a lightning bolt came through his house and exploded concrete in the sunroom, which sent concrete flying up and smashed holes in the ceiling.

He said it "freaked out" his children Michael Congreve, 10, and Emily, 5, who were camping there for the night, right next to where the lightning struck.

"All we heard was bang and the lights went off, and things came towards us. It was terrifying," Michael said.

Emily and Michael Congreve hold damaged garden edging blown to bits when lightning hit a flag pole in their front yard.
Emily and Michael Congreve hold damaged garden edging blown to bits when lightning hit a flag pole in their front yard. Kevin Farmer

Mr Murphy said he didn't realise until a minute or two later what the children had gone through.

"They weren't hurt, but they were covered in little bits of concrete.

"We had five people in our bedroom that night."

The lightning appears to have struck a flagpole flying "happy St Patrick's Day". It sent shards of concrete into the air and covered Mr Murphy's son Tom's car and frying its electrics.

It then travelled into the house, tearing a hole in the carpet and sending pebbles from the flooring into the ceiling.

Thanks to the luck of the Irish, no one was hurt.

Debris flew as far away as the driveway of their neighbour Michelle Ciantar.

The force of the lightning also exploded the ground next to their gate and welded shut its latch.

Despite the incident mother Karen Congreve said the flagpole would be staying.

She said she was relieved nobody had been hurt.

Michael and Emily Congreve sit near the area in their sunroom where a lightning strike caused concrete to explode.
Michael and Emily Congreve sit near the area in their sunroom where a lightning strike caused concrete to explode. Kevin Farmer

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