Lightning strikes in Falmouth

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FALMOUTH — The Fire Department and emergency medical services responded to four reports of lightning strikes during a thunderstorm on Tuesday, Aug. 2. No injuries were reported.

The first call at 1:36 p.m. was for a  fire alarm at Foreside Community Church, 340 Foreside Road. That was followed by a fire alarm on Woodlands Drive and a report of sparks coming from wall outlets at the Public Works building on Woods Road. There was no damage found at any of the locations.

The final call was from a Cedarwood Drive home, where residents reported a power loss and a smoking outlet in the garage. The Fire Department discovered a wire for an invisible dog fence had carried current from a lightning strike in the yard to the garage, where it shorted the power supply and the outlet.

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