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Posted: November 30, 2017

Lightning strikes Uffizi Gallery at Florence, no art damaged

FILE- In this Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 file photo, people line up to enter in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. The Gallery says lightning struck the museum overnight, setting off alarms that drew both firefighters and anti-terror police. No damage was caused to artwork. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File)

FILE- During this Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 document photograph, individuals line up to input in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. The Gallery claims lightning struck the memorial overnight, setting off alarms which brought both firefighters and also anti-terror police. No harm was caused by art. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File)

The Uffizi Gallery at Florence was hit by lightning before dawn Thursday, putting alarms which drew both firefighters and also anti-terror police. No harm was caused by the structure or the artworks it comprises.

Director Eike Schmidt said the emergency services and also anti-terror police arrived within minutes of the alarms, only after 5 a.m. Thursday.

The lightning attack triggered extinguishing powder from the prints and drawings storage space, but no art was damaged, he said.

The museum’s launch was delayed by 90 minutes. Schmidt said the prints and drawings cupboard will remain shut until Monday for cleanup.

The extinguishing system was installed four years back, “and moved into action as it should have,” Schmidt said in an email. “Though it wasn’t of course planned as we could not imagine a much better test for our systems, as well as for its emergency response procedures.”

The Uffizi is one of Italy’s most-prized and most-visited museums, housing many of the world’s masterpieces, including Botticelli’s “Primavera” and “The Birth of Venus,” and Leonardo’s “Adoration of the Magi.”

Copyright The Associated Press

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