Lightning strikes twice in Milton Keynes during last night's storm

Hockey players had to be evacuated after lightning struck a fence near the pitch

Wednesday, 21st July 2021, 11:00 am

A hockey game took an electrifying twist last night when lightning struck a fence yards away from the players.

The Summer League players heard a loud crack at around 7.30pm and quickly evacuated the sports pitch at Woughton on the Green.

They discovered the lightning had struck a nearby fence, but thankfully it was earthed so no damage was done.

Lightning struck twice last night
Lightning struck twice last night

"The umpires and some of the players in the Mad Max V Average Joes game were suitably shocked enough by the incident that that game did not restart," said a spokesman.

But another game between the local Bogies team and Bedford did return, despite the heavy rain. to finish their match, and the Bogies won 3-0 win.

Later in the evening there was more drama when a tree caught fire in Simpson after a suspected lightning strike.

Firefighters were called to the tree in Simpson Drive just after 10pm. One appliance and crew from West Ashland attended and firefighters used a hose reel to extinguish the blaze.