A LIGHTNING strike "blew up" a tree which took out the power supply of a Falmouth restaurant, melting outside lights and smashing a street lamp.
The lightning hit a tree in the car park of the Fourwinds Inn on Dracaena Avenue at 5.30am on Tuesday.
"I heard a loud bang and then a clap," said landlord Nick Swan. "I thought the pub had been hit, it was that close.
"The tree just blew up. I have never seen anything like it. There were burn marks on the tree."
The eight lights in the car park "melted", according to Mr Swan, and a 20ft length of tree was "flung" into the street, smashing a street lamp.
"It could have been nasty if it was during the day and there were schoolchildren around," he said.
The power was restored by electricians at 2.30pm and tree surgeons cleared up the debris.
There was no one else in the restaurant, which reopened on Wednesday.