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Aurora Homeowner Cleans Up House After Lightning Strike

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Damage from a lightning strike at a home in SE Aurora on June 5, 2013. The strike was so powerful it caused the living ceiling to collapse and blew some outdoor light bulbs in the home next door. (credit: CBS)

Damage from a lightning strike at a home in SE Aurora on June 5, 2013. The strike was so powerful it caused the living ceiling to collapse and blew some outdoor light bulbs in the home next door. (credit: CBS)

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AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – A family in Aurora says it was the loudest thing they’ve ever heard. Now the neighbors are cleaning up after lightning struck their house.

Just before midnight on Tuesday lightning struck the Spears’ neighbor’s house in Tollgate Crossing. There’s not much to see on the outside, but on the inside the ceiling collapsed.

“It’s hard to find a word to describe it because it was deafening. It hit so loud, and there was a continuous echoing boom after that slowly attenuated and got softer and softer and softer,” neighbor Chris Spears said. “But the initial bang, simultaneous with the flash; the flash was blinding.”

Luckily no one was hurt.

The surge of electricity was so strong it even blew out the light bulbs on the back of the house and tripped all the electrical breakers.

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