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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

"Touchdown" Jesus Destroyed By Lightning

Monroe,Ohio police dispatchers said a bolt of lightning struck the Kings of Kings statue at the Solid Rock Church, setting it ablaze and eventually leaving behind only a metal frame.

Dozens of local residents told TV station WLWT they watched the iconic landmark burn to the ground.
Photojournalists were not allowed on to the church property. However, several fire companies were called to the scene.
A photo submitted by a WLWT viewer showed what remained of the statue.

The 62-foot-tall statue has been a local landmark along Interstate 75 since 2004. When it was erected, church officials said the Styrofoam and fiberglass Jesus was the largest one in America. The torso-up sculpture has a 42-foot span between upraised hands, and a 40-foot cross at the base.
The well-known statue is often called "Touchdown Jesus" because of its pose or the "Butter Jesus" and is a popular destination for people who wish to take their picture with the statue.

Church officials haven't said if they will rebuild the iconic statue

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