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Burnley Express
Wednesday 05 June 1889
Severe Thunderstorms In Burnley And District
Two sharp, but exceedingly severe, thunderstorms past over the district on Sunday - the first between eight and nine o'clock in the morning, and the second between threeand four o'clock in the afternoon. The lightening was vivid and the thunder frequent and loud. In the afternoon a hailstorm of more than unusual violence prevailed. Among the curious it is stated that no such storm has been witnessed during the present generation. The hailstones, which were as large as marbles, were as hard as flint, and many amusing personal experiences have been related by people who happened to be out in the storm. So far as Burnley itself is concerned very little damage is reported, but in some instances the heavy downpour proved too much for the water troughs and sewers, and a few buildings and streets were flooded. While the storm was at its height about 8:30a.m. a discharge of electric fluid struck a cottage in Park-lane, Ightenhill, in the occupation of Mr. Heyworth, and near to Alderman Nowell's farm. Fortunately no material injury was done except damage to a portion of the roof where the lightening struck. The occupants were, however, very much startled and rushed out of the house in great alar.
On Sunday morning, a boy, aged six, and two men were standing at the door of a shippon on the farm of Mr. Nicholas Heap, at Higher Saxifield, Briercliffe. Whilst watching the progress of the storm, the lightning was seen to come in contact with the ground near by, and immediately afterwards struck the two men and the boy on the legs, paralysing them.


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