An astonished Government Center worker e-mailed about the hail around 3:30 p.m. To be more exact, he wrote:
HAILSTONES THE SIZE OF GUMBALLS IN GOV'T CENTER!!!
At least one hailstone the size of a golf ball came down on Washington Street in Downtown Crossing - look at the size of that thing at the end of this video.
Elsewhere, reports poured in end-of-days torrents and pea-sized hail from the Fenway to Chinatown.
A state trooper and police dog were in a cruiser hit by lightning on Perimeter Road at Logan Airport. Both are reported OK, however.
A tree came down on Dartmouth Street near Warren in the South End.
Ed. note: No hail here on the Roslindale/Hyde Park frontier, but tons of thunder and lightning.