Information on Lightning Protection in the state of Massachusetts
Being a significant site for many historical events from the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock in 1620 to Harvard University (founded in 1636) which is the oldest higher learning institution in the US, many historical buildings are in the state and many of them have lightning rods and lightning protection systems.
According to a 2007 release by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, “Every thunderstorm produces lightning and has the potential to produce associated dangers such as tornadoes, destructive winds, hail and flash flooding.” Massachusetts averaged 28,493 cloud to ground lightning strikes in 2011 (that's 3.2 per square mile!).
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July 19, 2015 Lightning struck a tree then traveled along an invisible dog fence, then up an aluminum ladder leaning against a home and sparked a fire on the 2nd story of the home and causing additional electrical damage, in Wrentham, Massachusetts.
January 7, 2015 A condominium in Mashpee was presumably struck by lightning which ruptured a natural gas pipe causing a fire that caused about $20,000 worth of damage.
September 07, 2015 Lightning stuck the Thorndike Factory Outlets smokestack in Lowell, MA, causing a 50 foot gash in the smokestack which is over 150 feet high. Bricks from the exploding stack damaged the building below. Residents in nearby condominums were evacuated.
Also see How to stay safe during lightning storms