Strong thunderstorms spark lightning fires in Ga.

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

CONYERS, Ga. (AP) -- Strong storms that rumbled across parts of Georgia dropped hail on parts of metro Atlanta and bolts of lightning that caused house fires.

WSB Radio reports that Rockdale County was among the hardest-hit areas of the state in the Tuesday storms.

Douglas Brown says a stroke of luck prevented his home from burning to the ground when it was hit by a lightning bolt. He says Tim Hunter was driving past and saw a large bolt of lightning in the area and went to see if anyone needed help. Hunter spotted the fire and called authorities. Brown credits the passing motorist with saving his home from being destroyed.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City received reports of hail in several Georgia counties, including Gwinnett, Sumter and Troup counties.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

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