Lightning Strike Knocks Out Communications at Southampton Police Department

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013  |  Updated 4:51 PM EDT
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Communications at the Town of Southampton Police Department were knocked out for more than an hour Tuesday thanks to a lightning strike.

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A lightning strike in Tuesday morning's thunderstorms hampered operations at a Suffolk County police department, officials said.

Radio and communications systems at the Town of Southampton's Police Department headquarters were knocked out for about an hour and a half because of the strike, according to a department spokesman.

The building didn't lose power in the storm and the department could still receive 911 calls after the strike.

The spokesman said he saw a flash and heard a loud boom just before the department's communications alarm sounded.

The department used its mobile command post to restore those operations about 15 minutes after the strike.

There was a similar outage a few years ago, according to the spokesman. 

The department is still trying to figure out how much long-term damage was done by the lightning strike.

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