THE emergency services were called out in Worthing last night following a series of lightning strikes.
They attended homes in and around Selden Road shortly before 8pm.
At 19.53 lightning struck a house in Farncombe Road, Worthing. There was a smell of burning and the lightning caused a surge in the local electricity supply.
The property was searched but nothing was found
At 19.54 lightning struck a house in Church Walk, Worthing. Power was cut off by firefighters.
At 19.57 lightning struck a house and cut off power in Selden Road, Worthing, causing a small fire in internet socket.
Firefighters also received a call from a house in Cranworth Road, Worthing at 20.47. The caller believed lightning struck house earlier, but no action was taken.
One person in St George’s Garden area was treated for burns to the hand.
The strikes were accompanied by heavy hail, and the noise of one thunderbolt was heard for miles around – in Shoreham and even north of the Downs, in Steyning.
One Broadwater resident who was startled by the thunderbolt told the Herald: “It was the brightest lightning and the loudest thunder I had seen. It literally shook our house. We had to go outside and check the roof. It really was unbelievable.”
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