Breaking: Tesco shoppers evacuated after ‘roof collapses following lightning strike’


Dozens of Tesco shoppers have been evacuated after reports of a roof collapse at a superstore following a lightning strike.

Photographs and videos taken by shoppers at the scene in New Hammond Beck Road, Boston, Lincs. showed panicked crowds getting out of the building.

One video taken by shopper Stuart Wild showed people outside the building trying to shelter from the rain.

Solicitor Stuart, 47, had been in the shop with wife Linda when he heard a ‘loud crack and a bang’ just after 4pm.

He said: “We thought nothing of it originally but then we heard a few requests over the tannoy for managers and saw this 15ft wide waterfall coming through the roof over the customer service desk and the mobile phone stand.

“We were then asked to get out and left our shopping.

“We stood outside the front for a while but when the fire engines turned up we thought we wouldn’t be getting back in today so left.”

Mr Wild said the couple were then stuck in queues to get out of the car park for about 30 minutes.

The Lincolnshire Echo reported another eyewitness, Loraine Young, saying: “Just arrived at Tesco Boston and it’s flooded. They are not letting anyone in.”

And another shopper, Lucy Louise added: “Roof just collapsed. My family live on Tesco road and say the rain has been torrential over there.”

Nobody is believed to have been hurt in the incident.

Heavy downpours are understood to have battered the town this afternoon with a Met Office weather warning in place.

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