Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Huge "King of Kings" Statue of Jesus Is Struck by Lightning , Burns to Ground in Ohio

A six-story-tall statue of Jesus Christ -- with His arms raised along the highway -- was struck by lightning in a thunderstorm last night (June 14, 2010) and burned to the ground, according to the Associated Press.

The "King of Kings" statue -- one of southwest Ohio's most familiar landmarks -- had stood since 2004 at the evangelical Solid Rock Church along Interstate 75 in Monroe, just north of Cincinnati.

The sculpture -- 62 feet tall and 40 feet wide at the base -- showed Jesus from the torso up and was nicknamed "Touchdown Jesus" because of the way the arms were raised, similar to a referee signaling a touchdown.

It was made of plastic foam and fiberglass over a steel frame, which is all that remained of the statue.

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