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Bozeman Hailstorm Breaks Windows, Damages Vehicles and Buildings

By Beacon Staff

BOZEMAN – A hailstorm that rolled through Bozeman Wednesday night broke up to 1,000 windows at Montana State University, damaged roofs and trees and dimpled thousands of vehicles.

Jeff Butler, facility services manager at MSU, estimated repairing the windows would cost between $100,000 and $125,000. Roof and tree damage is still being assessed.

Auto repair, glass shops and insurance agents were inundated with calls Thursday as people sought to repair the damage.

City forester Ryon Stoven says they had cleaned up nearly five tons of debris and fallen branches.

At Billion Auto Group and Simpson Honda, everything left on the lot was hail damaged. Employees at Billion were able to get some vehicles inside, but didn’t have room for them all. Both business expect to have hail sales.

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