Maine lighthouse featured in ‘Forrest Gump’ goes darkish after lightning strike

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The Marshall Point lighthouse sits on the water's edge with its damaged light removed after a July 27 lightning strike Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2023, in the village of Port Clyde, Maine.
The Marshall Level lighthouse sits on the water’s edge with its broken gentle eliminated after a July 27 lightning strike Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2023, within the village of Port Clyde, Maine. Nat Lyon/Marshall Level Lighthouse and Museum by way of AP

PORT CLYDE, Maine (AP) — Lightning has knocked out a lighthouse on the Maine coast that was featured within the film “Forrest Gump.”

The Marshall Level lighthouse, established in 1832, has been darkish since Thursday when a lightning strike took out the sunshine and foghorn, and broken the related circuitry, stated Nat Lyon, director of the Marshall Level Lighthouse and Museum.

“It fried every thing. It fried the sunshine, the circuit breakers, the foghorn,” Lyon stated Wednesday. “At this level we have now a lightless lighthouse till the Coast Guard can impact the repairs.”

A tenant dwelling within the keeper’s home reported a “large crash” and observed the sunshine was out after the lightning strike, Lyon stated. Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor, which is chargeable for the navigational assist, eliminated the sunshine for repairs on Monday and remains to be engaged on getting the foghorn working, he stated. The Coast Guard didn’t reply to messages from The Related Press.

The lighthouse was featured within the 1994 film, “Forrest Gump.”

Gump, the primary character from the film, was on a cross-country run when he jogged down a picket gangway to the lighthouse, signaling he’d reached the East Coast. However the character performed by actor Tom Hanks didn’t cease there. He stored working.

The lighthouse, which is topped with a lightning rod, was undamaged and can be open to the general public on Nationwide Lighthouse Day on Aug. 7. Individuals can climb the steps to succeed in the highest however there can be no gentle, Lyon stated.


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