'Touchdown Jesus', 62-foot-tall statue in Monroe, Ohio, burned and destroyed by lightning strike
BY Nick Klopsis
DAILY NEWS WRITER
Tuesday, June 15th 2010, 2:43 PM
Touchdown Jesus burns to the ground after being struck by lightning late Monday night.
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Touchdown Jesus was sacked by Mother Nature.
The 62-foot-tall statue depicting Jesus raising his arms to the heavens was destroyed by fire late Monday night after it was struck by a bolt of lightning, the Daily Inquirer reports.
Located beside a baptismal pool at the Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio, the statue also featured a 40-foot cross at its base, and the area was adorned with various lights and fountains.
Police responding to the emergency call said that the statue was completely aflame when they arrived. "I got the call at about a quarter after eleven," a Monroe Department of Police dispatcher told the Daily Inquirer.
The statue -- also known by locals as "Big Butter Jesus" -- was constructed of styrofoam and a layer of fiberglass on a metal frame. It was completed in September 2004 and cost a total of $500,000, which was raised through earmarked donations rather than church funds.