Brookline Old Home Days canceled because of lightning storm

A series of rain and lightning storms caused fires, downed trees and led to the cancellation of events throughout the region last Saturday.

The lightning storm knocked out power at Brookline Ballpark, causing the remainder of the town’s Old Home Days to be canceled.

At about 4:20 p.m., lightning hit the pump house, so there was no water available, said Carol Anderson Farwell, who helps organizes the annual Brookstock, the musical part of Old Home Days.

“Apparently, a couple people were shocked” by lightning, but not badly, she said, because ambulances never left the grounds.

Along with the lightning storm, there was a tornado warning, she said, and police ordered everyone out of the park.

“It was a little scary,” Farwell said. “There was lightning everywhere.”

During the more than 10 years she has been helping to run Brookstock, this was the worst storm, she said.

“We’ve had quick storms – maybe an eighth of the one yesterday,” Farwell said.

Brookline’s Old Home Days – carnival rides, concessions, food, music, fireworks, and volleyball and horseshoe tournaments – started Friday evening and was supposed to continue through Sunday afternoon, with music and a picnic. Sunday was called Grandparents’ Day.

National Weather Service officials confirmed that Hollis was hit by a microburst late Saturday afternoon, with winds of up to 110 mph, that knocked down a number of trees and large branches.