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Police closed off the A35 Pettigo Road near Kesh at around 7pm after the pole fell into the road

Police closed off the A35 Pettigo Road near Kesh at around 7pm after the pole fell into the road

Police closed off the A35 Pettigo Road near Kesh at around 7pm after the pole fell into the road

A Co Fermanagh road was closed last night after an electricity pole was struck by lightning.

Police closed off the A35 Pettigo Road near Kesh at around 7pm after the pole fell into the road.

"There has been bad weather and we suspect a lightning strike has hit the pole," an NIE spokesperson said. "As live electric cables were exposed on the road police moved quickly to seal off the immediate area.

"As there were lightning storms around, an NIE crew, who were already working in the area, had to wait until the weather had passed before commencing the pole replacement operation."

Diversions were in place via the via Corlave and Derrybrick Roads.

"As it is a rural area and the pole was based in a field we suspect the number of homes affected was relatively low, but the health and safety of NIE employees meant householders had to wait until conditions allowed for the necessary repairs to commence," said NIE.

The spokesman said the electricity supply was expected to be restored by 11pm last night.

Belfast Telegraph