Westerly man hurt when lightning struck building

WESTERLY, RI (WTNH)– A Westerly man was injured after the building he was in was struck by lightning Wednesday.

The town manager in Westerly says she understands the lightning didn’t strike the building but struck close enough nearby to cause a power surge. It was business as usual at the Margin Street Plant in Westerly Rhode Island. But at 8:15 Wednesday morning a lightning strike sent one worker to the hospital. The Chief of Westerly Ambulance Corps said that the lightning did strike the building at the sewage treatment plant.

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“The power went off and on. The generator came on briefly and then went right back on the power came back on. There was no damage that I know of. There was no interruption of service,” said Michelle Buck, Westerly Town Manager.

The worker is actually an employee of United Water, the contractor which runs the plant. News 8 was told paramedics transported him to Westerly Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was initially listed in stable condition.

“Because the lightning strike I guess was so close it may have caused some kind of power surge within the building and when he touched a metal door, my understanding is he felt a little bit of tingling in his arm so he was taken as a precaution,” said Buck.

The person who answered the phone at United Water wasn’t sure when the injured worker will be back on the job.

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