Northern Ireland

Lightning strikes family's home near Newry

A family have escaped injury after lightning struck their home on the outskirts of Newry, County Down.

It damaged the roof, blew out windows and wrecked electrical appliances at the house in Ballyholland.

Marge McDonald, the sister-in-law of a woman in the house at the time, said it had felt like an explosion.

"The glass was shattered all around her, windows were blown in and all the electrical equipment was burned out on the floor," she said.

'Unreal'

"We thought the place had blown apart - she was frightened and really shocked.

"My brother was over in the farmyard at the time; he was in his jeep, and it lifted it off the ground.

"It was unreal, we couldn't believe it was thunder."

It happened at about 1500 BST on Tuesday.

Neighbour Karen McKevitt, who is an SDLP councillor, said: "I've never seen the like of this in my life.

"We are all just very grateful that they're safe and able to tell us the story of what happened."

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