Lightning Travels Through Backyard, Hits Foxboro Home

CBS Boston

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FOXBORO (CBS) – It looked like someone had a backhoe digging a 25-foot trench in the backyard. But it wasn’t an excavation site, it was a lightning strike with a powerful surge that traveled through the ground, up a downspout and out through the roof of a Foxboro home.

The 74-year-old homeowner was inside as the electrical shock also tore up the driveway, stairs to a back deck and left the railing in pieces.

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“She’s been taken to the hospital,” said the homeowner’s son Marc Door. “She was obviously shaken up, but she’s okay.”

A tree in the backyard was not only splintered on impact, but large rocks and branches took flight into neighboring yards. “It’s amazing a rock that heavy can fly that far,” said neighbor Nick Gildred.

It’s unclear if it was a rock and or a secondary…

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