By Daniel Katzive
Residents in the vicinity of West 70th Street, Riverside Boulevard, and Freedom Place were knocked out of bed by a lightning strike shortly after 6am, with a loud crack and flash, followed by an immediate clap of thunder.
Not long afterwards, a number of fire engines and trucks responded to a report of smoke at 345 West 70th Street, the pre-war Santa Monica Apartments building at the intersection of West 70th and Freedom Place, with the Citizen’s Ap indicating an unconfirmed report of smoke on the sixth floor of the building at that time. The FDNY units cleared the scene quickly after finding no evidence of fire. A firefighter leaving the location said the smoke could have been lightning related, but could not confirm that.
WSR also got reports from readers. “The concussion from the sound of the strike was so strong it knocked things off a shelf here on 83rd Street. Can’t imagine how scary it was to be even closer,” Nora wrote.
So much for sleeping in on a rainy Monday!