NORMAL — Although lightning is commonly said to strike the highest object, that demonstrably was not the case Monday morning in Normal.
Lightning struck and ignited an underground gas supply line in the front lawn at 605 Maple Place, Normal, causing a flame to shoot out of the ground.
Resident Vivian Huff said she was awakened at about 7 a.m. by a lightning blast that lit up her bedroom. When she looked out her window, she saw a 5-foot high, 2-foot wide flame burning in the middle of her front yard.
Nicor Gas employees later arrived. They unearthed and closed the damaged supply line and allowed the remaining gas in it to be burned off.