Overnight Lightning Fires

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Talk about setting fire to the rain! Lightning strikes kept fire crews busy all over the city Sunday night.
Crews responded to nearly a dozen house fires in just a two hour time period where lightning was to blame.
They say lightning never strikes the same place twice, but it definitely came too close for comfort for one Huntsville homeowner.
While crews worked on a fire on Westwood Street in northwest Huntsville late Sunday night, Joe Fly's garage got zapped just one street over.
"I glanced out the window," said Fly who was watching NBA playoff Sunday night at home, "and I saw flames flickering out back. There was a loud crack and a bright flask at the same time, so I knew it was pretty darned close, just not that close," Fly laughed.
WHNT News 19 Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson says humid air down low and cold air up high creates the perfect recipe for a summer sky laser show.
"Hail and raindrops smacking against each other actually helps produce the charges within the clouds and when you have a lot of hail and rain, you're going to get a lot of lighning and the taller that storm gets the more intense it is, and the more lightning's involved."
During a summer storm like Sunday night's, five-hundred to six-hundred lightning strikes per hour are typical. No one was hurt by lightning during Sunday's storms.