East Rutherford eyes lightning ordinance

EAST RUTHERFORD - Officials in East Rutherford are considering an ordinance that would give police the authority to force people off of athletic fields during lightning storms.

Under the ordinance, officers would be allowed to issue tickets to anyone who refuses.

The proposal comes days after a local lightning fatality. Last Friday, a man was killed after he was struck by lightning while watching his grandson's high school soccer practice at North Valley Regional High School in Demarest.

East Rutherford already has lightning sensors and sirens installed in parks and athletic fields.

The borough's chief of police says most people comply with officers when they are asked to move, but he supports the ordinance because it could help even more with ensuring safety.

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