Milltown, NJ Lightning Strike, Jul 1901


Twice Strikes a Barn, Flames Disappearing After the Second Bolt.

Special to The New York Times

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., July 30--During an electric storm last night a bolt struck the ban of George Kohlasch at Milltown, near this city, and set fire to it. Mrs. Kohlasch was watching the barn at the time, and after the lightning struck saw smoke and flames coming out. Her son was near the barn at the time and was stunned by the shock. Mrs. Kohlasch carried the boy into the house and when she returned the barn was still burning.

The woman was about to give the alarm when a second flash of lightning and a clap of thunder came and she is sure that the bolt again struck the barn. Immediately after the second shock the smoke, which had been issuing from the barn ceased. A horse standing in the barn at the time was killed by the lightning.

The New York Times, New York, NY 31 Jul 1901

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