Lightning Strikes Century Old Tree Jun 18, 2020 Memorial Day weekend, campers at Lafayette campground were awakened by a loud ”crack” or “boom” noise that made its way through the area after midnight on Saturday. The noise was caused by lightning striking a cottonwood tree just east of the campground, causing a large split and burn mark in the ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!