Tree Struck By Lightning Causes Damage To Westborough Home

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A tree was struck by lightning early Monday morning, causing damage to a house in Westborough.

The lightning hit early Monday around 3 a.m.

Homeowner Lowell Ackerman said the incident “was really like an explosive force. There’s wood thrown from the tree to the front of the house from the backyard. So, it cleared the roof and went into our neighbor’s yard and everywhere.”

Some of the spears of wood from the tree were 9 feet long.

Lowell’s wife, Susan Ackerman, was at home asleep when the destructive event occurred. She said that branches from the tree shattered the back windows in the house, and that “the branches even blow down hallways, around corners.”

Many of the Ackerman’s electronics were fried after the lightning, containing about a billion volts of electricity, hit.

Both Lowell and Susan said they are grateful no one was injured during the incident.

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WBZ NewsRadio’s Kendall Buhl (@KBuhlWBZ) reports

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