Lightning hits tree, gas line in Urbandale, Iowa

(Video from Bryan Webber) 

URBANDALE, Iowa- Drivers near Hickman and 100th Street this morning, likely noticed an unusual site, a tree on fire.   MidAmerican Energy Spokesman Geoff Greenwood says one of their service employees driving in the area, spotted the fire around 7:45 a.m.  

Greenwood says it was sparked by a lightning strike, during this morning's thunderstorms.  The strike burned a hole in a two-inch gas line, which added a little more fuel to the fire, until the gas was turned off.  

This video, posted by Bryan Webber on Facebook, prompted a number of social media comments about the Ten Commandments.

Greenwood says eight MidAmerican Energy customers had service interrupted, crews expected to have it restored by early this afternoon.  There was no other damage reported.

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