We had a near lightening strike that sent a surge though the power lines. Not sure where the hit was, but I did have some damage.
My wife called me at work after a thunderstorm and said she saw a big red ball in the driveway and then some of the lights went out. The doorbell rang and would not stop ringing. I told her to take a wire off the chimes and they stopped, but a breaker was tripped and would not reset. The bell button has a diode in it and that may have taken the hit.
When I got home, I took the two wires off of the breaker and it still did not reset so I replaced the breaker. One of the circuits was OK, the other had a short and tripped the breaker. Since it was not getting dark and it was still raining, the hunt would wait a day. Next day, I went out to the (detached) garage and found an X-10 module I use to control an outdoor light was blown apart and burnt. The plastic cover was gone, the insides were soot covered. I'm wondering if the jolt came in that way or out, it was the furthest away from the electric panel.
I'm going to replace the receptacle it was plugged into also. I've not pulled that out yet, but I'm not taking any chances. Once replaced. I'll hook the wire back to the breaker.
Losses were: HD TV, Surround sound receiver, X-10 module, computer router, doorbell.
The good news is: I now have a 47" TV with far better picture than my 5 year old 32" and a better sound system. More stuff is on surge protectors too.