Coffin makers' building erupts in flames after lightning strike

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Coffin makers' building erupts in flames after lightning strike
Coffin makers' building erupts in flames after lightning strike
Coffin makers' building erupts in flames after lightning strike

It took about 80 people and 10 fire engines to extinguish a blaze that erupted at a coffin makers' building after an apparent lightning strike in Northern Ireland Sunday, The Metro reports.

Storms were rolling through the area at the time of the fire, which sparked after a loud clap of thunder was heard in the area.

No injuries were reported but surrounding buildings were evacuated as a precaution.

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A viral video posted to Twitter shows dark, black smoke billowing into the sky.

THE DANGERS OF LIGHTNING

Lightning is responsible billions of dollars in damages each year, mainly from lightning-induced wildfires.

Between 2007 to 2011 officials in the U.S. responded to an average of 22,600 lightning-related fires annually, according to a report by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The fires killed an average of nine people per year.

Direct lightning fatalities are much rarer, the National Weather Service (NWS) says. Between 2010 and 2019, an average of 26 people died each year from a direct lightning strike in the U.S.

In Canada, there are between 2 and 3 lighting-related deaths each year and about 180 lightning-related injuries.

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