Zoo loses power after freak lightning strike at Play Barn

Opening of new  Aardvark Adventure Play Barn  at Blackpool Zoo.
Opening of new Aardvark Adventure Play Barn at Blackpool Zoo.
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Lightning wiped out the electricity at a major Blackpool attraction when it was struck during a freak storm.

The electrical storm hit Blackpool Zoo’s Play Barn (pictured) on Saturday afternoon as bad weather descended on the Fylde coast.

The strike also knocked out telephone lines and credit card machines at the venue.

The zoo stressed that none of the animals were hurt in the incident, but that electricity was not restored until yesterday.

The zoo’s Twitter and Facebook accounts were both updated on Sunday morning to tell their followers of the events. The post read: “Following the thunderstorm and lightning that struck the zoo yesterday, all our telephone lines are down, which also means our credit card machines aren’t working.

“We thank you for your patience.

“All the animals are fine.”

The event followed thunderstorms which raged over some other parts of Britain on Thursday night.

Met Office forecasters are predicting calmer conditions this week, with no weather warnings and temperatures as high as 16C tomorrow.

But some rain is likely all week.