Lightning strike spells end of church tower

19th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

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

The vicinity around the church has been evacuated out of safety precautions, newspaper 'Het Gazet van Antwerpen' reported.

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

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