The strong thunderstorms which passed through Bay County Monday morning created several lightning strike problems.
One strike occurred at Lucille Moore Elementary School in St. Andrew. The strike, which hit a utility pole outside the school, caused some excited. Panama City firefighters responded and determined everything was under control.
A few minutes later, there was a frightening situation for a Lynn Haven family on Huntington Ridge Road.
Homeowner Bernadine Reams says she heard a loud explosion around 9 a.m. Monday morning. She looked outside and saw flames shooting up out of the ground about 12 feet into the air.
Apparently, lightning struck a flagpole, ran through four feet of concrete and ruptured a buried natural gas line.
It burned over an hour before TECO Gas crews could shut off the gas.
No one was hurt. TECO crews say the occurrence was about a one in a million chance of happening.