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Fire officials were called to the Maryland State House in Annapolis after the fire alarm was activated during a thunderstorm.
Fire officials were called to the Maryland State House in Annapolis after the fire alarm was activated during a thunderstorm. (Phil Grout/for BSMG / Capital Gazette)

Fire officials were called to the Maryland State House in Annapolis Monday after the fire alarm was activated during a thunderstorm.

Annapolis deputy fire chief Douglas Remaley said the sprinkler system was activated after what seemed to be a lightning strike to the State House around 6:15 p.m. Monday.

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Annapolis and Naval Academy fire units responded and cleared the scene in under an hour, Annapolis Fire Capt. Philip Morris said.

Maryland Department of General Services spokesman Nick Cavey said after investigating the incident, no proof of a lightning strike was found.

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The State House was struck in July 2016, prompting an ode to its more than 200-year old lightning rod from Gov. Larry Hogan.

“The pointed lightning rod atop such an important new public building was a powerful symbol of the independence and ingenuity of our young nation," Hogan wrote in a Facebook post.

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