A clean-up operation was underway today after a giant redwood tree in North-West Berkeley exploded after being struck by lightning during a storm on Monday, sending large chunks of wood flying all over the neighborhood. Nearby homes and cars sustained damage, and some witnesses said wood debris landed as far as two blocks away from the site of the tree at 1430 Holly Street (at Buena Avenue).
Fortunately nobody was injured during the dramatic incident, although during the same storm lightning struck 31-year-old Emily Davis as she was crossing Adeline Street about two miles south of the site of the tree.
There were reports of another redwood tree being struck by a lightning bolt in Berkeley, south of Derby between MLK Jr. Way and Milvia. The intensity of the strike blew out several nearby windows.
On Tuesday, crews came out to finish clearing up the wood debris that was strewn around the neighborhood, including large sections of the redwood that landed on roofs and in yards. The remains of what Berkeley Deputy Fire Chief Avery Webb estimated was a 75 ft tree were also cut down.
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