June 15, 2010

Lightning in Ohio destroys 62-foot-high statue of Jesus

Lightning and a subsequent fireball Monday night destroyed a 62-foot-tall "King of Kings" statue of Jesus with arms stretched toward the skies, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The only thing visible this morning is the charred frame of the plastic foam and fiberglass statue, the newspaper says, citing police in Monroe, Ohio.

"It burned to the ground. The whole statue is gone," said Kim Peace, a police dispatcher.

"Touchdown Jesus," as it is known locally because of the outstretched arms, has been a Butler County landmark along I-75 since it was erected in 2004 outside Solid Rock Church.

These photos show the King of King statue near Monroe, Ohio, before and after it was struck by lightning Monday night..
By Carrie Cochran/Enquirer

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