Good thing you were home. Lighting follows all paths so the gas pipe became one. Chances are it hit the rods. Better off not having rods then they do not get hit. Plug is welded tight replace all the wire to the box. The wire is likely welded together in a few places.
Grounding helps with lighting path but a direct hit is going to fry stuff.
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