A family near Newry Co Down had a lucky escape when their house was struck by lightning, blowing a hole in the roof and sparking a power shortage.
The drama unfolded in Ballyholland when the bolt struck the house yesterday afternoon blowing the electric sockets out of the walls. Storms and heavy rain battered the area from around 3.30pm.
SDLP councillor Karen McKevitt said the family had a fortunate escape.
Ms McKevitt said: “The lightning blew a hole in the roof of the house and blew all the sockets out of the walls.”