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Lightning strike knocks out power to parts of Greenfield

GREENFIELD — Lightning struck a utility pole near Greenfield Community College Thursday morning, leaving up to 1,075 utility customers without power for a couple of hours.

Western Massachusetts Electric Co. spokeswoman Priscilla Ress said the outage occurred around 11:30 a.m., and that power to all Greenfield customers was restored by 2:30 p.m.

Greenfield Community College President Robert L. Pura said he was in his car, at the Community College Drive intersection with Colrain Road when he saw the sparking on a utility pole. “Our folks have been in touch with WMECO,” he said around noon. “We have lights on, and auxiliary power, but the main electricity is off.”

Pura said some GCC students were still taking final exams, but “to my knowledge, no finals have been negatively impacted,” he said. He later reported that full power to the college had been restored by about 12:30 p.m.

Ress said the direct lightning hit was the cause of the outage.

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