Lightning strikes massive Jesus statue




Last night, lightning struck a six-story tall Jesus Christ statue north of my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, sparking a fire that burned the figure down to its steel frame. The end is nigh. From the Associated Press:

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 his arms were raised, as though reaching out to catch a football. It was made of plastic foam and fiberglass over a steel frame, which is all that remained early Tuesday.

The fire spread from the statue to an adjacent amphitheater but was confined to the attic area, and no one was injured, police Chief Mark Neu said. The fire department would release a monetary damage estimate Tuesday, he said.

"Gigantic 62-foot Jesus statue struck by lightning, destroyed" (Thanks, everyone!)