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Lightning strike caused ‘loud bang’ to be heard across Ashton

Posted on - 26th January, 2018 - 10:29am | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Lea, Preston News, Preston weather
Firefighters were called to the street in Lea after reports of a 'loud bang' Pic: Benny Mc'Nally
Firefighters were called to the street in Lea after reports of a ‘loud bang’ Pic: Benny Mc’Nally

Many Prestonians were diverted from their night watching TV by the sound of an explosion across parts of the city.

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An intense storm hit the city during Thursday (25 January) evening seeing torrential downpours during a thunderstorm.

The ‘loud bang’ heard predominantly across Ashton-on-Ribble was due to a lightning strike to a telephone wire.

Emergency services were called to Sheffield Drive in Lea shortly after 7pm.

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Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed they were called out by Preston Police at 7.09pm to the sign.

The damage caused to the fuse box by the lightning strike Pic: Benny Mc'Nally
The damage caused to the fuse box by the lightning strike Pic: Benny Mc’Nally

Two crews, from Preston and Fulwood, attended the scene and found no fire to put out but were shown by a householder where a burning smell had come from and the damage caused.

No one was hurt in the incident.

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