Photos: Lightning strike blows hole in brick wall outside N. Phoenix home

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX – While most of the damage from Sunday night’s storm was due to high winds, lightning caused some problems of its own, especially for one North Valley family.

A bolt of lightning blew a hole clear through a brick wall in the backyard of a home in the neighborhood of 40th Street and Union Hills Drive.

This was no little hole. It measured about 2 feet by 2 feet. Several of the bricks were reduced to rubble. The largest of the rocky chunks left behind would just fit in an adult’s hand.

It happened at about 10:45 p.m. The family was home at the time, but it took them a few minutes to realize exactly what had happened.

“All of a sudden, I saw this really bright flash and there was a really loud boom,” said Paige Vanden Heuvel. “And then the TV went off. … We were a little scared.”

“We were looking outside to see where it was hitting,” said Tyler Vanden Heuvel.

That’s when they spotted the hole in the wall.

“I thought it was crazy that it hit the brick wall,” Tyler said. I thought it was going to hit the tree, of all things.”

Nobody was injured when the lightning struck and no other damage was reported.