A family was given the fright of their lives after lightning struck their home.
Firefighters were called to the house in Padstow Walk, Bewbush, on Saturday afternoon (June 28) after the strike – which witnesses described as “sounding like a bomb had gone off” – left a gaping hole in the roof.
Alannah Bouzan, 21, said her family had been left “terrified” and described how she took her brother’s girlfriend – who is 16 weeks pregnant – to a doctor as a precaution due to the shock the woman had suffered.
Mother and baby were given a clear bill of health.
The lightning left timbers in the roof exposed and brought down much of the bedroom ceiling, while the wall opposite the window was left bearing a fist-sized hole when the bolt made its second strike.
Alannah was out when the lightning hit and headed home as soon as she received a call telling her what had happened.
She said: “They all saw a bright orange light in front of their faces . It sounded like a massive bomb had hit our house.
“People started looking around the house at the cooker and stuff, thinking it was that.”
It was her 19-year-old brother, Liam, who realised what had happened and ordered the family to leave the building.
Fire crews from Crawley and Horsham were called at 2.45pm.
See Wednesday’s Crawley Observer for full story and pictures.