The threat of lightning caused some minor delays for people leaving Halifax Stanfield International Airport Friday morning.


Lightning lights up a bridge over Halifax harbour in 2011. (Stephanie Clattenburg/CBC)

Peter Spurway, a spokesperson for the airport, says a lightning warning means ground crews at the airport have to put their work on hold. 

"The issue is aircraft who are on the gate right now, aircraft that need to be loaded with food and luggage cannot be serviced. ... So they'll have to wait til the system clears and the lightning threat has gone away and then operations will resume," he says.

He says, the lightning isn't much of a problem for flights landing during a storm. The issue is the safety of ground crews.

CBC meteorologist Jim Abraham said there were several strikes across mainland Nova Scotia early Friday.

Spurway says work goes back to normal about 15 minutes after the lightning clears. 

Flights were able to leave safely again at around 7:40 a.m., about 25 minutes after the airport announced the brief service disruption. 

There was a second service disruption, just before 8:30 a.m. that was quickly resolved. 

The airport tweeted more disruptions were possible before 11 a.m. as the unsettled weather passes over the Halifax region.