Cumberland County courthouse stays closed after Wednesday lightn -

Cumberland County courthouse stays closed after Wednesday lightning strike

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A courthouse in Cumberland County is still drying out after a lightning strike shut it down Wednesday afternoon.

The doors remained locked at the Vineland Courthouse today, and pictures provided by the city show the immediate aftermath from both inside and outside of the strike that caused an estimated $50 thousand dollars in damage. The lightning struck the chimney during yesterday afternoon's rain storm. A court employee injured one of her feet when it was hit by a falling brick. Despite the damage, things could have been worse.

Tony Campanella,  the Vineland Bldg. Maintenance Supervisor stated, "City computers, it may have hit a couple of them but I don't believe any files were lost."

Today's court hearings were held in superior court in Bridgeton. Anyone who needs to pay a fine tomorrow can do that at municipal courts in Millville and Upper Deerfield Township. The courthouse expects to reopen by Tuesday.

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