Lightning strike damages Tennessee courthouse

LEXINGTON, Tenn. (AP) -- Lightning struck a courthouse in western Tennessee, causing what the local sheriff estimates as tens of thousands of dollars in damage to the building.

Henderson County Sheriff Brian Duke says the strike happened between before 6 a.m. CDT Sunday at the Henderson County Criminal Justice Complex in Lexington. Duke told The Jackson Sun that a dispatcher and some inmates heard a loud boom, but nobody realized lightning struck the building.

Duke said the strike, brought by the remnants of Hurricane Issac, destroyed the complex's fire alarm system, electronic key system, National Crime Information Center records system and the 911 system, which was routed through the Lexington Police Department for a while.

Duke said the 911 system was running again by Monday. Duke said he hopes the fire alarm system will be running again by Tuesday.

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