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>Village and schools would partner to install lightning detection system in Ridgewood

>Village and schools would partner to install lightning detection system in Ridgewood

MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012
BY EVONNE COUTROS
STAFF WRITER
THE RECORD

RIDGEWOOD — A lightning detection system could be installed at Graydon Pool and some of the sports fields in town if the Village Council agrees that the equipment will benefit the public.

Some of the components of the system, which has already been tested at Veterans Field, are in hand. It was purchased seven months ago through the school district, Mayor Keith Killion said. A presentation and demonstration of the system will follow Wednesday’s public meeting on the budget and will allow the council to determine if the system is worthwhile.

Many towns and county facilities have installed lightning detection systems on fields and golf courses in recent years. East Rutherford bought a system five years ago. Dumont and Wayne installed systems two years ago for $29,000 and $31,000, respectively. Teaneck installed a system in 2009. Other towns have followed suit, following the deaths in 2006 of two teenagers leaving a soccer field in Montvale.

“The device works off a national grid — similar to television weather channels where lightning strikes are recorded,” Killion said. “The system has rotating lights and it allows coaches to receive emails of impending lightning.”

It detects lightning activity within 20 miles and lightning strikes within 10 miles, Killion said.

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