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A man was in hospital in a serious condition after being blown into the path of a taxi during high winds on Blackpool promenade.

Lightning blows hole in house roof in Bolton

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A sheet covers the hole in the roof were lightning struck Credit: Victoria Grimes ITV Granada

An elderly couple had a lucky escape when a lightning strike blew a hole in the roof of their home in Bolton.

Firefighters were called to Langholme Drive in Breightmet after a 999 call was made to Greater just before 4.30pm yesterday.

It's believed that a lightning bolt hit the roof and travelled down the aerial and chimney causing the couple's gas fire and TV to smoulder.

Watch Manager Paul Norris from Bolton North Fire Station said: "Two houses were affected by the lightning - one was unoccupied but the one that came off worse was occupied by an elderly couple.

"The bolt left quite a large hole in the roof and has damaged the chimney, and inside plaster and a light switch were blown off the wall in the couple's bedroom.

"Tiles on the roof and chimney had come away with the impact from the bolt that also damaged electrical circuits."We used ladders to get onto the roof and took away loose bricks and made the chimney stack safe."

Burnt curtains
The lightning strike burnt the curtains Credit: Victoria Grimes ITV Granada
Television set
The lightning blew up the TV Credit: Victoria Grimes ITV Granada
Damaged gas fire
The force of the lightning blew up the gas fire Credit: Victoria Grimes ITV Granada

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Man blown into path of taxi in Blackpool

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Blackpool seafront battered by high winds Credit: PA Images

A man is in hospital in a serious condition today after being blown into the path of a taxi during high winds on Blackpool promenade.

Firefighters used airbags to life the vehicle off the man and Blackpool promenade was closed for a number of hours during high-tide.

It has since reopened.