The lightning strike at Trion City Schools this summer turned out to be more costly than thought, according to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Phil Williams.
It struck Trion Elementary School during an afternoon thunderstorm and damaged several electronic systems, according to Dr. Williams. It caused about $50,000 worth of damage, which will be paid for by the school’s property and liability insurance. The school will have to pay a $5,000 deductible.
The bolt of blue struck one section of lights and made an exit sign run hot. The circuit breaker to a set of lights then flipped. The lightning damaged the intercom system, exit signs, air conditioning units and electronic circuit boards for the alarm system and phone paging system.