Lightning Strikes Jesus

By Disillusioned,  Newser User

Posted Jun 15, 2010 10:03 AM CDT | Promoted on Newser Jun 15, 2010 10:41 AM CDT

(User Submitted) – In what might be described a disaster of biblical proportions, a 62-foot-tall statue of Jesus Christ along an Ohio highway was struck by lightning in a thunderstorm last night and burned to the ground. The 6-story "King of Kings" statue was erected in 2004 by the evangelical Solid Rock Church along Interstate 75 in Monroe, north of Cincinnati. Nicknamed Touchdown Jesus by locals because its raised arms invoked a referee calling a touchdown, it was made of plastic foam and fiberglass.

The lightning strike set the statue ablaze around 11:15pm, the AP reports. In the end all that was left was the original steel frame. Read the full article.

A Nov. 17, 2004 file photo shows traffic on I-75 just north of the Monroe, Ohio, going by  a six story high statue of Jesus at the Solid Rock Church Nov. 17, 2004.
A Nov. 17, 2004 file photo shows traffic on I-75 just north of the Monroe, Ohio, going by a six story high statue of Jesus at the Solid Rock Church Nov. 17, 2004.   (AP Photo/The Enquirer, Glenn Hartong/file)
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