Lightning strikes Columbiana County dairy farm

A bolt of lightning knocked a man and some cows off their feet at Baker's Golden Dairy in New Waterford

Lightning struck Baker's Golden Dairy in New Waterford, causing damage.

NEW WATERFORD, Ohio (WKBN) – Baker’s Golden Dairy in Columbiana County is damaged after lightning struck the farm around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Owners say a helper was herding cows for milking, when a bolt of lightning struck, knocking him and the animals off their feet.

The man and the cows were not hurt, but the surge ruined computers, a label printer and the box that controls an electric fence so cows stay in the pasture.

Despite the losses, owners say they were lucky.

“It could be a lot worse, let’s put it that way,” said. “The way that box got blew apart, there was fire, there had to be fire there. We store a lot of hay there that, luckily, didn’t get ignited. I mean, nobody around, it could’ve burned the barn down.”

The dairy says it had some extra labels for milk and ice cream, but also did some by hand to make it through the day. Things should be running as normal by the beginning of next week.

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