Lightning hits Danvers, Framingham

An unusual lightning storm moving through eastern Massachusetts caused at least two lightning strikes in the Boston metro area Saturday afternoon.

The two reported strikes ocurred in Danvers and Framingham, where chimneys were hit, officials said.

At 3:30 p.m., firefighters responded to a home on Cherry Street that had its chimney “blown apart” by the lightning bolt, Framingham Fire Department Deputy Chief Anthony Pillarella said.

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“I’ve never seen a chimney do that before,” Pillarella said.

Then just before 4 p.m., Danvers police responded to a lightning strike at 17 Lakeview Ave. The lightning bolt “actually blew some of the plaster and sheetrock off the roof onto the home,” Police Department Captain Bob Ryburn said.

In both instances, the homes’ occupants were uninjured and no fire resulted.

Lightning is possible through the evening before a cold front brings slightly cooler, but still warmer-than-normal conditions, National Weather Service meteorologist Kim Buttrick said. Temperatures reached 57 degrees in Boston Saturday, with Sunday expected to reach 46 degrees. Boston’s normal high for this time of year is 36 degrees, she said.

“Having lightning like this with the thaw is unusual,” she said.