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(NECN: Jennifer Eagan, Abington, Mass.) - Power was affected in parts of Abington, Mass. when lightning struck a tree.
The bolt hit a tree at the corner of Adams Street and North Avenue, splitting it right down the middle, creating splinters as long as 3 feet and 6 inches around in some cases.
A man reports watching the lightning strike the tree, and says he was almost hit by the splinters flying from the tree.
The storm cell was passing through Abington at around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Jennifer Eagan has more on the story.