Fireball near Lockhart after lightning hits oil tank, 16 tanks go up in flames


LOCKHART, Texas (KXAN) — Sixteen oil tanks caught fire near Lockhart after a lightning strike, according to emergency personnel Wednesday.

Mid-County Fire and Rescue Department Chief Edward Hanna said when they responded to the call in the 1200 block of Young Lane south of Lockhart, they arrived to the oil tanks ablaze. Hanna said they have contacted the National Weather Service for a lightning study. No one was injured in the fire, Hanna said.

KXAN viewer Paul Hodge sent us incredible drone footage of the scene just behind his home. The strike happened at 7:16 a.m. Hodge said he called 911 right after it happened.

Hanna said dispatch received the call at 7:18 a.m., two minutes later.

“I have a communication tower on my property that’s been hit with lightning before so I thought it happened again and looked out the window and saw that,” Hodge said. “But talking to a neighbor that stopped in front of our house, she saw the lightning hit the tanks.”

Hodge said by 9 a.m. the fire had been knocked down and was mostly just smoke. He said no roads were impacted because there is an access road that goes directly to the oil tank.

Meteorologist David Yeomans confirmed there was a lightning strike in that area just south of Young Lane southwest of Seawillow, Texas.

Confirmed lightning strike at 7:16 a.m. on April 29, 2020 near Seawillow, Texas.

This was just one of the more than 6,100 lightning strikes in our area Wednesday morning as storms moved across the area. At one point, 14 out of the 15 counties in our viewing area had a severe thunderstorm warning.

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