BALLWIN, Mo. – A scary situation in Ballwin unfolded during Saturday’s tornado-warned storms. Windows were busted at the Ballwin Pointe rec center.
The windows surrounding the indoor pool busted open around 6 p.m. Fortunately, there were no injuries.
The city is hopeful to board up the damaged area by the end of the night. One panel of windows by the giant indoor slide was shattered. Glass blew over into pool, and it will take some time for the city to clean up the mess.
Chris Conway, Director of the Ballwin Parks and Recreation, says the rec center had closed at 6 p.m. in anticipation of a private event at 6:30 p.m. No one was swimming at the time of the incident.
Conway says when they hear sirens at the rec center, people are advised to into shelter in place. When they learn of lightning, they tell people to get out of the pool.
It’s unclear if a tornado contributed to the damage, but St. Louis County dealt with a system of heavy winds, hail and torrential rain for much of Saturday. Tornado warnings lasted for nearly an hour in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jefferson and Franklin counties for nearly an hour.
Ken Newhouse sent photos of damage to FOX 2 shortly after the windows were busted.