Krystle Hudson with her son Kooper and neighbours Elki, Toby and Dean Smith inspect what?s left of a bottle brush tree.
Krystle Hudson with her son Kooper and neighbours Elki, Toby and Dean Smith inspect what?s left of a bottle brush tree.

Lightning wrecks pot plant and a good night?s sleep

By LEONIE BRANN

THE noise was like nothing they has heard before when lightning struck a potted plant outside a block of units at Kingscliff early yesterday morning.

"It was a sound that is hard to describe," said Krystle Hudson whose bedroom wall was rocked by the direct lightning strike that cut down a bushy bottle brush tree in a pot plant just outside her Moss Street unit.

"We saw the flash of the lightning, then there was this crack, the sound was deafening. It sounded like it was right outside our window, and it frightened me so much that I jumped up onto the bed and was on all fours screaming. I really thought something awful had happened."

The residents of the Jewel Waters units were awoken with a fright at around 1am on Friday morning by the sound of lightning directly hitting the pot plant that was placed on a concrete area, surrounded by metal hand rails, in front of their units.

The noise had another resident, Toby Smith, who was awake with her one-year-old daughter Elkie, thinking the windows in her kitchen would crack.

"It was probably one of the most frightening things I have ever heard," Mrs Smith said.

The noise startled Ms Hudson's 16-month-old son Kooper and they stayed awake until 3am waiting for the next strike.

"The lightning was so forceful it shook my whole bedroom, she said"



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