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It happened in the night of 10th September, 2005. I woke up because there was a thunderstorm brewing in the distance, I got up to close the windows, and went back to bed. Now I can say, that I was never afraid of thunder storms before, so I felt safe and went back to sleep, but not for long, for an immense crack of thunder and lightning at the same time, made me sit upright in my bed. "That's here", I thought, "my house has been struck by lightning!". I tried to make some light but all the fuses had blown. I went to the topfloor to turn off the gas of the central heating. I was barefooted and felt grit on my always clean floor. I thought:"Well tomorrow we'll see more!" I went back to bed. The next morning I noticed that all my apparatus was ruined:TV set, VCR, radio, CD recorder, not my fridge though, but all my 16 solarpanels were ruined . Fortunately my washingmachine was disconnected and a little TV set in the attic as well. I went to my neighbours and rang my daughter, for my telephone- fax machine was destroyed as well.The neighbours had also some damage. Coming outside I saw that half of my chimney had disappeared, so my daughter rang the firebrigade to remove what was left of the chimney.Of course this didn't go by unnoticed and many people from neighbouring streets came to see what was going on. All of a sudden I was"famous". When I went shopping, people started asking, if my chimney had been fixed already. And when some one wanted my address I said: "It's the house with the chimney.." Then they knew where it was!
Recently I had again solar panels installed and I wanted them to be protected against thunderstorms, so last Saturday I got a lightning conductor. Hopefully everything is now really safe!!
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