Anyone near downtown Hopkinsville this morning shortly after 8:30 likely heard an extremely loud clap of thunder and wondered where and what lightning struck.
The word quickly spread that the bolt had actually hit the flag pole in front of the Christian County Justice Center. The lightning came well before the first raindrop ever fell and Bailiff Tracey Cooksey was working the front door of the building when it happened.
Bailiff Cooksey says a man had been sitting on the bench next to the pole a couple minutes before the strike, but no one was close enough to be injured when it hit.
The lightning set off the alarm systems in the justice center, which were still noisy inside the building as of 11:30am. A new jury was going through orientation and could be seen and heard recounting their account of the event as they adjourned for lunch.