GROVE CITY, Ohio — A paintball park in Grove City is in a hurry to clean up from the EF1 tornado to host birthday parties already scheduled this week.
The owner of Lvl Up Sports, Dave Pando, told ABC 6/FOX 28 that his surveillance system captured the 30 seconds the storm tore through the business and created $10,000 worth of damage.
"You can see a big rush of the wind blows through," Pando said. The clip also shows 500-pound bunkers rolling for yards to the other end of the property and inflatable barriers flying to fields thousands of feet away.
Neighbor Tracy Stalnaker lives near the paintball park on Orders Road. One of the 22 damaged power poles fell into her yard during the storm. She told ABC 6/FOX 28 that she was home alone at the time with her 12-year-old son.
"It was very scary and overwhelming," Stalnaker said. "We don’t have a basement and we were trying to get into the bathroom. It all happened so fast that there wasn’t enough time to get there." AEP Ohio crews could not reach the heist points of the power pole damage Wednesday until winds decreased to below 30mph. That's when crews were able to use their bucket trucks. Power to 900 more customers was restored Wednesday. 600 other customers have been told they would remain without power until Sunday.