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Home arrow News arrow Local News arrow Lightning strikes not once ...

Lightning strikes not once ...

Scot Everett holds debris from the twice-struck tree. (Baker City Herald/S. John Collins).
Scot Everett holds debris from the twice-struck tree. (Baker City Herald/S. John Collins).

By JAYSON JACOBY

Of the Baker City Herald

Sometimes lightning does strike the same place twice, and Scot Everett offers as proof his parents' poor old cottonwood tree.

As if winter blizzard and summer drought weren't harsh enough, this tree twice has survived high-voltage haymakers from the sky.

And in exactly the same place.

Only 20 years apart.

"Amazing," Scot Everett said this morning.

The second strike happened Wednesday evening.

Scot's parents, Wayne and Connie Everett, live at 2890 College St.

When Scot examined the tree this morning he noticed that its scar followed a familiar path — the very mark left by another bolt that happened, as best as he can remember, about 20 years ago.

He remembers that one distinctly, because he and his sister, Dena, were less than a block away when it hit.

Everett, who is 30 now, said he and his sister were pulling their wagon that day, laden with peanuts they were selling to earn trips to a YMCA day camp.

The siblings were almost home when they saw a bright flash up ahead.

"When we got home the tree had been hit," Everett said.

The bolt split open the tree's bark and damaged one limb, he said.

Everett said he was shocked this morning when he noticed Wednesday's strike did basically the same thing.

"It blew wood right out of the same scar," Everett said. "It went right down the same path."

 
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