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Lightning Strikes, Damages Courthouse Clock Tower in Salisbury

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Lightning damage in the old courthouse clock tower. (Photo: WBOC) Lightning damage in the old courthouse clock tower. (Photo: WBOC)
Courthouse in downtown Salisbury with damaged clock tower. (Photo: WBOC) Courthouse in downtown Salisbury with damaged clock tower. (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md. - Perhaps not as dramatic as the scene from "Back to the Future," but lightning did strike the clock tower on the old courthouse in downtown Salisbury overnight.  But instead of sending Marty McFly back to 1985, this lightning struck only left a hole that will require immediate repairs.

Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver told WBOC on Tuesday morning that he was notified of the lightning damage around 6 a.m.  Crews were called in and checked on the structural stability of the tower, but more work will need to be done to make full repairs.

The county had already set aside $250,000 for renovations to the old clock tower this fiscal year.  The plan was to remove the tower sometime in the spring to make any necessary repairs and water proof the structure.  Culver said that repair process has now been sped up.

"We have got to take this down now to make sure it is water tight up there," Culver said.  "We're going to have to make sure of the water tightness for the rest of the courthouse is good, as well as the security of the tower from wind and damage."

County crews put up emergency tape around the outside of the courthouse to keep people back at a safe distance, in case there are any structural deficiencies following the lightning strike.  

Also, while money had been put aside by the county for renovations this year, it is unclear, at the moment, how much the repairs will cost on the clock tower.

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