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Lightning strike 'shatters' tree and takes out power to Falmouth restaurant

By WBCraig  |  Posted: January 08, 2014

The shattered tree at Fourwinds Inn

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A LIGHTNING strike ‘shattered’ a tree which took out the power supply of a Falmouth restaurant during Tuesday’s storm, melting outside lights and smashing a street lamp.

The lightning strike hit a tree in the car park of the Fourwinds Inn on Dracaena Avenue at 5:30am.

“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 car park lights in the car park “melted” according to Mr Swan and a 20-foot length of tree was “flung” into the street, smashing a street lamp.

“It could have nasty if it was during the day and there were school children 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 closed for the whole of Tuesday. It re-opened on Wednesday.

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