Thursday, June 17, 2010

Jesus struck by lightning in Ohio

Lightning struck in Monroe, Ohio. And in its wake it left a 52 foot high framework where there had just the day before stood a 52 foot high Styrofoam statue of Jesus with his arms raised toward the heavens.

Setting at the edge of a large pond behind the Solid Rock Church, located along I-75 between Dayton and Cincinnati, the statue was clearly visible to those who drove along the nearby Interstate.

The statue had been equipped with lightning resistors, but they offered no protection when lightning struck the uplifted right hand and ignited the statue. The below CBS video includes some footage of the statue engulfed in flames the night it was struck.

The artist that had originally built the statue, which came to be called "Touchdown Jesus", has agreed to help the church rebuild the statue, but news reports indicate it might not be in the same pose after it is rebuilt.