1805: Lightning Strike

Middletown, August 16. Last Tuesday afternoon, the house of Mr. William Southmayd of this city was struck by lightning. One part entered the chimney and ran down to a fireplace of the second story–it then entered a small hole at the bottom of the fireplace, and seems to have spent itself, as no effects of it are discoverable afterwards. Another part of it entered a rafter, and ran down, splitting off a piece about two inches square from one end to the other–it then entered a pott and ran down to within about six feet of the lower floor, and from whence no effects are discoverable. Six persons were in the house at the time, but happily received no injury.

The same afternoon, the house of Zelotes Clark, of Saybrook, was struck with lightning, but fortunately none of the family were injured by its effects.

From The Connecticut Journal (New Haven, Connecticut), Thursday, August 22, 1805.

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