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Lightning kills power in city

March 20, 1998

Lightning kills power in city

A lightning strike knocked out power Friday night in parts of northeastern Hagerstown.

Traffic signals, street lights and house lights went dead about 8:30 p.m. after lightning struck a transformer behind Ames on Dual Highway, Hagerstown City Police said.

Washington County Hospital had two or three short blackouts, but an emergency generator brought power back within seconds and it didn't cause any problems, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Most of the city's power was restored within 40 minutes, police said.

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