Peterborough, NH Lightning Strike, Oct 1838
Narrow Escape. At Peterboro', N. H., on Friday night last, Mr. Elijah Mears, of this city, narrowly escaped being killed by lightning. His wife had alighted from the carriage, and he led his horse into the barn or shed. While there, thinking that Mrs. Mears would be more frightened than the horse, he tied the animal, and started for the house. He had scarcely left the barn, before he heard a noise like that of the falling of a building, but no thunder. On turning round, he discovered that the barn had been shattered by lightning, and his horse killed, but his carriage was not in the least injured, not even a shaft being broken. The hay was set fire, but was soon extinguished.---- Boston Jour.