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Maryland State House struck by lightning

Officials say there was no fire.

Maryland's State House in Annapolis was struck by lightning shortly after 6 p.m. Friday, the governor's office said.

Doug Mayer, a spokesman for Gov. Larry Hogan, said firefighters were on the scene assessing the damage, but there was no active fire. The governor said he was thankful that no one was injured.

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Lightning struck the Maryland State House early Friday evening. There was no corresponding fire due to the building's outside sprinkler system.
Lightning struck the Maryland State House early Friday evening. There was no corresponding fire due to the building's outside sprinkler system. (Courtesy Medford Canby)

"Was on the scene to investigate damage from lightning hitting the State House," Hogan wrote on Twitter. "Outside sprinkler worked, no fire. Very thankful!"

Severe thunderstorms brought large wind gusts and intense raise to the Baltimore region Friday afternoon and evening. A severe storm watch is in effect across Central Maryland through 10 p.m.

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