WESTWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Three people died in New Jersey last year after being struck by lightning. So, now some towns are investing money on systems that can do a better job detecting dangerous storms.
Lighting can strike even when a storm is far off and the murmur of thunder seems distant. Last year in Demarest, on a sunny day, a bolt out of the blue killed a grandfather at a soccer game.
In 2006, lightning killed two teens on a field in Montvale.
More and more North Jersey towns are investing in lightning detection systems. Weather stations pick up electrical storms approaching and sound sirens at parks, fields, and playgrounds.