Hey guys, what does the phrase mean:

"People in the town stopped and stared. “What’s going on?” they cried. “Someone’s lit the furnaces!"?

Roald Dahl. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Puffin Modern Classics relaunch) (Kindle Locations 230-231). Penguin Publishing. Kindle Edition.


A furnace is a very hot place, commonly used in factories. To start a furnace you have to light it.

When people saw smoke coming out of the chocolate factory's chimney, they knew that the factory was re-opening.

The irregular Past Participle of the verb light is lit.