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NORTH STONINGTON —  Police said one person was struck by lightning Thursday afternoon on what was supposed to be opening day for a Connecticut town’s fair.

Stonington Fire Marshal George Brennan said the 30-year-old man was working at North Stonington Fairgrounds during a thunderstorm Thursday afternoon.

According to the New London Day, the man was inside of a cattle barn but was leaning on a metal panel when it happened. There was a crack of thunder, and he fell to the ground unconscious.

State police said the man regained consciousness while in an ambulance taking him to the hospital. His injuries have not been reported.

The town’s agricultural fair was canceled Thursday night due to weather conditions. Fair officials say they have inspected the area, and the grounds and equipment have been deemed safe.

The fair will host its opening day schedule Friday at 5p.m.



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