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Lightning strikes Longmont auto repair shop, causing damage to interior and exterior of building – Boulder Daily Camera

Owner David Harvey surveys the damage to his sign and building at Seasons Performance Auto Repair in Longmont on Monday. The shop and two nearby trees were struck by lightning during a storm that passed through Longmont Sunday night, causing significant damage to computer and electrical systems. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

On Wednesday, lightning struck an auto repair shop in Longmont, damaging the building inside and out.

John Lord, service writer for Season Performance Auto Repair, was near the shop at 1119 Kimbark St. when lightning struck.

He was just about to park his car down the street after working on it in the garage when he heard a booming clap of thunder.

“We were just down the road at the stop sign when I heard a really loud clap of thunder,” Lord said.

As Lord turned the corner at the auto repair shop, he noticed that the road was closed.

“I saw a bunch of firefighters and about three police officers,” Lord said. “I asked them what was going on and they said, ‘Hey, yeah, your building got struck by lightning.'”

Lord then gave the firefighters the keys to the store so they could assess the damage.

“I didn’t notice it at first, but when I went back out with the firefighters, I looked up and our sign was literally just dangling by a string,” Lord said. “The whole side of the building is charred and a few bricks were broken.”

Damaged tiles near the roof of Seasons Performance Auto Repair are seen in Longmont on Monday, July 8, 2024. The shop and two nearby trees were struck by lightning during a storm that moved through Longmont Sunday evening, causing significant damage to computer and electrical systems. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)
Damaged bricks near the roof of Seasons Performance Auto Repair are seen Monday in Longmont. The shop and two nearby trees were struck by lightning during a storm that moved through Longmont Sunday night, causing significant damage to computer and electrical systems. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

About 10 minutes after the lightning strike, David Harvey, CEO of Seasons Performance Auto Repair, received a call from Lord informing him of the lightning strike.

“There are two trees in front of our building and there were lightning marks on the trees,” Harvey said. “It looks like the lightning came from the tree to the cable and ripped a hole in the brick where the cable was.”

After Lord finished speaking to firefighters on site, local business owners gathered around the scene and discussed how loud the thunder had sounded.

“I mean, it’s definitely concerning, but it can happen to anyone. It’s just a matter of luck whether it’s my apartment that gets hit, your house or your workplace,” Lord said.

When employees returned to work on Monday, they discovered that some of their utility systems had been affected by the lightning strike.

“Our signage, our water heater, our computers, our TV and the lights weren’t working when we came in,” Harvey said. “Thankfully, we were able to restore some things, but there are definitely still issues with our systems. I just reopened in March and then lightning struck our building.”

Harvey said an electrical inspector would be coming on Wednesday to assess the full extent of the damage.

“Going forward, we just need to figure out what’s broken and how to recover from it,” Lord said. “Because it’s such a new company, any kind of financial pullback is pretty severe. It’s not easy, but we’ll get through it.”