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Severe thunderstorm rolls over Bulloch County Saturday afternoon

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A violent storm swept through Statesboro Saturday evening, toppling trees, causing power outages and scattering sparklers across a local retail store parking lot.
    A huge tent covering a large stock of "legal fireworks" - actually a variety of sparklers -  in the Wal-Mart Supercenter parking lot was blown down and hundreds of packages of sparkler novelties were scattered across the pavement.
    "I don't know if they'll be worth lighting," said Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn.
    Trees came down, with one falling on a house on Greenwood Avenue, he said.  The occupants were home when the tree came through the roof, and the Statesboro Fire department responded, but no one was injured, he said.
    No one was injured by any of the storm's activity, but power was out in the city as well as several areas of the county, he said. Bulloch County Central 911 received several calls  and dispatched calls to Georgia Power and Excelsior Electric Membership Corporation, according to reports.
    Wynn said trees were down along several county locations including Cypress Lake Road, Randy Lowery Road, Pretoria Rushing Road, Jones Mill Road, Old Hardy Place Road and Williams Landing.
    A power line fell into a pond on Williams Road as well, and had work crews out later than 3 a.m. repairing the damage.
    "The (Statesboro-Bulloch County) Recreation Department lost some fencing and Splash in the Boro lost one of those large umbrellas," he said.
    Statesboro Police were busy working traffic at intersections, since the power outage affected traffic signals, he said.
    In spite of warnings before the storm by the National Weather Service, there were no reports of hail, he said.
    Public safety officials were expecting the possibility of more violent weather Sunday evening, he said.
    <I>Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at 489-9414.
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