Lightning strikes Maryland State House

- A lightning rod at the top of the Maryland State House was struck by lightning Friday evening.

The confirmed strike happened at around 6:26 p.m. and caused the fire protection system's external sprinklers to be activated, spraying water from the building's dome, which appeared to bystanders to be smoke.

Firefighters were dispatched to the building, but found there was no fire or smoke caused by the lightning, Annapolis fire officials said.

No injuries were reported.

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