Wild July storm rocks the Inland NW




Posted on July 15, 2014 at 5:50 AM

SPOKANE, Wash.— Widespread thunder and lightning made for a wild night Monday across the Inland Northwest.

Lightning struck a tree in Riverfront Park, frightening visitors, including 7-year-old Ethan Batsch and his family. Luckily, no one was hurt.

“I thought it was just like a crazy boom firework,” Ethan said.

Ethan and his family were on their way to dinner when the lightning struck the tree a few feet away from them.

“We heard and felt a large 'kaboom' and the shrapnel of tree debris came flying around us like feathers,” Dennis Batsch said.

 “Lately we’ve been saying that things just don’t go our way, and this time it did because we were alive actually,” said Batsch’s wife Tina.

The weather also caught people off-guard in Coeur d’Alene when it turned from sweltering hot to overcast and pouring.

“This rain just came in about five minutes and then people of Coeur d’Alene picked up their stuff and left the beach,” said Lauren Sanders.

Others did not mind the rain and decided to brave the storm.

“We went swimming; the rain didn’t stop us” said another visitor at Lake Coeur d’Alene.