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‘KAPOW!’ Lightning strike at Kansas airport caught on video

A surveillance camera caught lightning from a storm striking the tarmac at the Hutchinson Regional Airport in Kansas on Sunday.

The lightning strike damaged a portion of the airport’s main apron, according to photos the airport posted to Facebook. The photos show orange cones surrounding chunks of asphalt.

“Here is the video of our lightning strike . . . wait for it . . . wait for it . . . KAPOW!” the airport said in a second post. The strike occurred about 7:12 p.m., according to the time stamp on the surveillance camera.

The airport gets hit by lightning an average of two times a year, the airport said.

Severe weather and storms have rolled through Kansas in recent days.

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Robert A. Cronkleton gets up very early in the morning to bring readers breaking news about crime, transportation and weather at the crack of dawn. He’s been at The Star since 1987 and now contributes data reporting and video editing.
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