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Maryland State House Saved by 208-Year-Old Lightning Rod

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    ANNAPOLIS, MD - MARCH 01: Advocates of stricter gun control laws rally at the Maryland State House on March 1, 2013 in Annapolis, Maryland. Earlier this week, the Maryland Senate passed a gun control bill, which if passed in the House of Delegates, would require a license to purchase a handgun, ban the sale of assault-style rifles and limit magazine size, among other provisions. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

    Gov. Larry Hogan said the Maryland State House was saved from a lightning strike "by a 208-year-old original Ben Franklin lightning rod."

    The nation's oldest State House was hit by lightning Friday evening, triggering a sprinkler system in its historic dome. Fire officials said there was no smoke or fire in the building, and no one was injured.

    The Republican governor said in a Facebook post Saturday morning that the lightning rod on the dome "was constructed and grounded to Franklin's exact specifications." He said at the time it was added to the building, it served as "a powerful symbol of the independence and ingenuity of our young nation."

    Hogan said in an earlier Facebook post that he ran across the street from the governor's mansion after the lightning strike.