Lightning struck a parked car in south Bend Friday night, shattering the windshield and igniting the interior.
Deputy Fire Marshal Susie Maniscalco said in a release that crews were called to a car on fire outside a house at 19601 Hollygrape St. about 5:45 p.m.
A neighbor heard a car alarm sounding and discovered the hole in the car’s windshield and a fire inside.
The fire department determined the lightning struck the front windshield and its energy traveled down into the dashboard causing the window to shatter. The airbag deployed and due to temperatures generated by the electrical discharge, it began to burn, Maniscalco said.
The car was unoccupied and the owners were out of town. The fire caused about $7,000 in damage to the car.
The strike was part of another round of severe storms that rolled through the area Friday evening causing heavy rain, high winds, hail and abundant lightning.
Severe weather battered the area on Thursday night as well, causing hazardous flash flooding in Powell Butte.
Lightning image courtesy Colette Schuchardt