- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 2, 2016

Lightning struck the Maryland State House on Friday, but an outdoor sprinkler system prevented the wooden dome from catching fire, reported the Annapolis Capital on Friday evening.

“Annapolis Fire Department Capt. R. Scott Svoboda said officials received a call of a possible fire at the State House at 6:26 p.m. Friday evening,” the Capital reported, adding that firefighters investigated and determined that lightning had struck the capitol — which has been in continual use since 1772.

“Officials cleared the area at 7 p.m. and Svoboda said there were no injuries,” the Capital noted, adding that the fire official credited an outdoor sprinkler system with preventing a fire.

“Was on the scene to investigate damage from lightning hitting the State House,” tweeted Gov. Larry Hogan shortly after the incident. Mr. Hogan lives across the street in Government House, a brick mansion built in 1870. “Outside sprinkler worked, no fire. Very thankful! #Annapolis”

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