Lightning strike causes bricks to rain at Melrose Houses

Tenants at the Melrose Houses say a lightning strike caused it to rain bricks overnight. FDNY officials shut down 153rd and Cortland streets to investigate after several cars were hit by fallen bricks.

News 12 Staff

May 3, 2012, 8:01 PM

Updated 4,374 days ago

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Lightning strike causes bricks to rain at Melrose Houses
Tenants at the Melrose Houses say a lightning strike caused it to rain bricks overnight.
FDNY officials shut down 153rd and Cortland streets to investigate after several cars were hit by fallen bricks. They say a preliminary investigation shows that a strike likely projected the bricks onto the street.
News 12 Meteorologist Mike Favetta also confirms that a lightning strike did hit in the neighborhood just after 2 a.m. Many residents say they were woken up by the storm.
NYCHA and Buildings Department inspectors surveyed the building and have not issued a vacate order.
No injuries were reported.


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