Hinchingbrooke Park road ripped up in lightning strike

Suspected lightning strike on road in Hinchingbrooke Image copyright Gary Britton
Image caption The lightning strike was "like a bomb going off", according to Gary Britton

A road has been heavily damaged by what is thought to be a lightning strike on a manhole cover.

Gary Britton said it struck outside his home in Dyson Close, Hinchingbrooke Park, at about 18:00 BST on Sunday.

"I heard a massive bang, like a bomb going off," he said. "When I went out the manhole cover was still smoking.

"The force of the blast moved my car about a foot (30cm) and threw the wheelie bins about 10ft (3m) across the driveways."

The damage occurred during heavy storms across the county.

Image copyright Gary Britton
Image caption The force of the blast is said to have moved a car and threw wheelie bins across gardens
Image copyright Gary Britton
Image caption Anglian Water said its sewers had not been damaged

Mr Britton said there had been "black gunk" that "smelled of sewage" coming from the manhole and that the lightning had also caused three craters in his garden.

A spokesman for Anglian Water said: "Having been to site where the lightning struck we can confirm that none of our sewers have been damaged. All of them are working as they should.

"It seems that the lightning strike has created a ripple effect lifting the block paving in parts, but everything beneath it is working normally."

Cambridgeshire County Council highways officers were assessing the damage to the road and looking to make it safe, a spokesman said.

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Image caption "Black gunk smelling of sewage" spilled out after the storm on Sunday, Gary Britton said
Image copyright Gary Britton
Image caption Wheelie bins were knocked over during the storm

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