A lightning strike during a thunderstorm just before noon today shattered the chimney of a large apartment building at 619-623 Sheridan Road in Evanston sending bricks flying into the street.

A car parked around the corner from the buildng on Sheridan Square was damaged by the flying bricks, but there were no reports of injuries.

Rubble from bricks litters the street after hitting and damaging a Mustang parked on Sheridan Square.

Apartments in the building lost power when the lightning bolt hit and ComEd crews have been dispatched to the scene

Update 4:40 p.m.: Fire Division Chief Dwight Hohl says residents of the building will be displaced while city building division personnel, a structural engineer, fire officials and the building’s management evaluate the building’s structural integrity and electrical system.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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