Lightning strike spells end of church tower
19 August 2005, BRUSSELS — The Sint-Janskerk in Doornik was struck by lightning on Friday morning and the bell tower is at threat of collapsing.
19 August 2005
BRUSSELS — The Sint-Janskerk in Doornik was struck by lightning on Friday morning and the bell tower is at threat of collapsing.
The Sint-Janskerk in Doornik
A large number of stones have fallen from the tower. The tip of the tower itself — a stone block estimated to weigh 1.5 to 2 tons — fell on a car. The vehicle was completely destroyed.
Emergency services have sealed the area off and about 40 residents of a nursing home next to the church have been transferred to another wing.
Other residents in a 40m radius around the church have also been evacuated.
Due to the fact the tower was at threat of collapse, a crane was moved in at about 1pm to dismantle the 40m-high tower stone by stone.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news