Strange electrical events in a house over the last few months

Hello,
Hoping someone can shed some light on some very weird events at my friend's house. I'm at the point of being scared.
The first was a few months ago. We were watching TV and about 10 feet to the right of the TV we saw an orange flash (looked about the size of a soccer ball) and heard a bang. The TV and lights didn't flicker but the UPS in the computer room complained for a couple seconds. The flash occured near the power outlet that the TV and related equipment plugs into via a power strip. There was also a wireless speaker in the second outlet. The speaker had never worked right, so it became the suspect and we immediately unplugged it and threw it away.
About a month later the owner was awakened in the middle of the night by a very loud boom. She checked the whole house and found nothing out of the ordinary. She has the impression that she saw a flash of light with the boom, but given that she was startled from a deep sleep it seems possible that it was an illusion. It wasn't storming at the time, but we found out the next day that there was lightning in the area at some point over night. So, having no other leads, we assumed a nearby lightning strike.
Then comes yesterday. We're watching TV, and to our direct right there's a big orange flash, loud boom, and the entire house loses power. It sure looked to me like the flash was inside the house, but I suppose that could just be paranoia from the first two incidents. We go outside and all the neighbors have power, but they report that it flickered when the boom occured. A few hundred feet up the street, the stoplights are out. The power company eventually fixes the stoplight by doing something on top of a utility poll two houses down (to our right when facing the TV). But our power remains out until we flip all the breakers to off, then flip "main" to on followed by the rest of them.
I want to believe the boom came from the utility poll, but it seemed way too bright to have originated all the way up there. And there's no indication that anyone else's breakers tripped. Where it seemed to come from -- the far right-side of the house -- turns out to be directly above the breaker box in the basement. And again, orange flash similiar to the first one (though much bigger).
I guess what I'm wondering is, could something be wrong with the electrical system in the house that is causing these occurances? Has anyone heard of anything like this? Are these three isolated incidents? I'm really hoping they are but the coincidences seem to be piling up.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
Thanks, James
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I would recommend you get an electrician to check the panel and overhead lines out immediately. The fact that the last occurence tripped your main breaker as well as blowing the fuse on the utilty pole is indeed suspicious. You should also have the neutral bonding and the main ground rod checked as well.
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Thanks, will do. With the first event in particular, is an orange flash and a boom like this a conceivable result of an electrical problem? It sure did get my nerves going...
Regards, James

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