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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Choir practice at Harvest Kingdom Jubilee Ministries came to an abrupt end Tuesday night when the sound of praise was interrupted by a powerful thunderstorm.

"It sounded like a bomb hit the ceiling," said church member William Revill.

He and 25 others were in the church around 8 o'clock. The loud boom they was the sound of the roof ripping off the building, sending the steeple crashing to the ground.

"I thought that lightning had struck it and we pretty much just looked at what had happened," said Revill.

Firefighters were called to the 1700 block of South Slappey where they surveyed the damage atop an aerial ladder. Once inside, they discovered where rain water had leaked into the church through the gaping hole.

"We're assisting the congregation here to cover up any type of equipment they cant get out," AFD Battalion Chief Keith Abrose.

"We've got a lot of water damage. It flooded the whole sanctuary portion of it," said Revill.

Officials believe it was straight line winds that lifted the roof. The winds were strong enough that debris damaged cars in the church parking lot.

It isn't know when Harvest Kingdom will be fully repaired. Church leaders say they're just happy no one was seriously hurt.

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