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Lightning strikes at least 2 homes and one business as severe storm passes through the Bay State

Posted: 08/07/07 at 5:27 am

DOVER, Mass. -- Lightning struck two homes and a business, spanning from west of Boston to Cape Code, as severe storms passed through the Bay State.

A homeowner in Dover was shocked after he realized that lightning had struck his new home on Hawthorne Street.

"There was a very loud noise and a very bright flash," Bill Foster, homeowner, said.

Foster was on the phone with his daughter at the time of the lighting strike. He had thought that the bolt of lightning had hit somewhere near a construction crew was, outside of his home.

"I thought maybe the tractor was hit, I went outside and asked them 'you guys OK,' and they pointed at me (telling me) you're house got hit," Foster said. 

Emergency crews arrived quickly to make sure nothing caught fire.

"The potential was there," Deputy Fire Chief David Tiberi said. "It hit the roof, went in where two pieces of roof come together and travelled through the house."

The lightning bolt went through a bedroom wall, knocking over a window shade and a lamp, leaving a burn mark where the lampshade had stood.

"It just continued right around three sides of the house, and broke some plaster in one of the bedrooms, broke some molding around some windows on the outside," Tiberi said. "We had to open the roof up to get inside to make sure there was no fire."

"We used to live in Shirley, one time there was a bolt of lightning in the backyard that hit a tree maybe  20 or 30 feet away, but I've never actually been in a house when it happened," Foster said.

According to the Fire Department, the home did not ignite because of the spacing between the roof and the ceiling, and because the insulation was packed tight enough that oxygen could not ignite the flames.

In Newton, lightning came through the wiring of a home on Hager Street.

The pregnant mother, who was sitting at her computer at the time of the incident, got an electrical shock. Because of the pregnancy, she was checked out at the hospital as a precaution.

She and he baby-to-be are expected to be OK.

On Cape Code, A suspected lighting strike left a business burning on Monday night.

A paint store on High School Road in Hyannis went up in flames.

Firefighters were able to reach the scene and contain the fire fairly quickly, however there is serious water damage. No one was hurt in the blaze.

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