Moberly church struck by lightning

No one was injured when lightning strikes a Randolph County church. 

It was yesterday morning when the steeple of Coates Street Presbyterian Church in Moberly was hit.  Damage to the building prompted city works officials to shut down streets around the church for fear of falling brick.  

Church elder Bob Riley says Sunday school had just let out and parishioners were heading to the church service when a loud boom and a flash of light hit the top of the church.  

Riley says that when the city code team showed up, they discovered the explosion had pushed the walls of the steeple outward by one-inch.  He says a portion of the structure holding the steeple exploded into splinters.  

The Moberly Fire Department reports the lightning ignited older building materials in the steeple, causing a small fire.

Engineers continue to assess the structure to determine the extent of repairs.