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"Touchdown Jesus" destroyed by lightning!

Post  Cincy Fan 44 on Tue Jun 15, 2010 9:37 am

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20100615/NEWS01/306150004/Jesus-statue-destroyed-by-act-of-God

MONROE – Lightning struck and ignited a fire late Monday that destroyed a 62-foot-tall statue of Jesus Christ with his arms stretched toward the skies, according to Monroe police.

“It burned to the ground. The whole statue is gone,” said Kim Peace, a police dispatcher.

The large “King of Kings” statue was a Butler County landmark since it was erected in 2004 outside Solid Rock Church, 904 N. Union Rd., along northbound Interstate 75 in Monroe just north of the Ohio 63 exit.

Fire crews were called to the church at 11:15 p.m. after several people phoned 911 to report the blaze as a severe thunderstorm swept through Greater Cincinnati, producing a spectacular lightning show, Peace said.

“The lightning was just amazing,” she said, wryly adding: “It was a lot of fun in here last night.”

When fire crews arrived, they found the statue fully involved and an adjacent amphitheater burning. The fire extended into the attic of the amphitheater, destroyed equipment, before fire crews contained it, Peace said.

No injuries were reported. Fire officials are expected to release a damage estimate after 10 a.m. Tuesday.

As fire gorged the iconic statue, several motorists along I-75 pulled over to photograph the sight.

That prompted troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol to respond and patrol the area to prevent a traffic jam and potential accidents, according to the patrol’s Lebanon post.

Calls to the pastor of the church were not immediately returned.

Unbelievable! Anybody else ever see this?

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Re: "Touchdown Jesus" destroyed by lightning!

Post  Canuck on Tue Jun 15, 2010 4:44 pm

Poor Jesus, didn't have a hope in hell against Mother Nature... Razz
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Post  Cincy Fan 44 on Tue Jun 15, 2010 5:05 pm

I think it can be rebuilt in 3 days...LOL...seriously though, they are planning to rebuild it.

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Post  Canuck on Tue Jun 15, 2010 5:17 pm

Since Mother Nature wielded the bigger of the two sticks, we'll have to see how he holds up...
Cincy, did you donate for the rebuilding project? Isn't that somewhere close to your hometown?
I think they said the cost was about $204,000.00 or something like that.
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Post  Cincy Fan 44 on Tue Jun 15, 2010 5:47 pm

Another ironic thing about this is across the highway is a Hustler Hollywood store. Would that the Big Guy's aim was better?

And no, I'm not contributing any $$$ to rebuilding it. I'm sure they had it insured for acts of God. It's a non-demonational church...at least when us Catholics build statues we make them out of marble instead of wood, fiberglass, and styrofoam. Razz

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Post  Canuck on Wed Jun 16, 2010 12:51 pm

Now we know why the Catholic church is bankrupt...LOL, it's all that frivolous spending on marble.
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Post  Cincy Fan 44 on Wed Jun 16, 2010 1:50 pm

Canuck wrote:Now we know why the Catholic church is bankrupt...LOL, it's all that frivolous spending on marble.
The Catholic Church is bankrupt???? scratch

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Post  Canuck on Wed Jun 16, 2010 3:27 pm

Yep...I stand corrected, I should have said some of them...Embarassed

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1025060260441_20469460/

That's about some in Canada.

http://www.americamagazine.org/content/article.cfm?article_id=3896
About one in Portland and one in Tuscon.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33374255/ns/us_news-faith
About one in Maryland.

All the same, my intention wasn't to make this that serious of a thread, but since you asked...
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Post  Cincy Fan 44 on Wed Jun 16, 2010 3:54 pm

no worries my canuckian friend... Cool

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Post  Markwes on Wed Jun 16, 2010 8:16 pm

When I first heard about this I thought it was talking about the mural by the Notre Dame football stadium. Imagine my disappointment. Very Happy
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Post  Cincy Fan 44 on Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:50 pm

Markwes wrote:When I first heard about this I thought it was talking about the mural by the Notre Dame football stadium. Imagine my disappointment. Very Happy
Perhaps I should've titled it "Big Butter Jesus" as that's what Heywood Banks' song is about.

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Post  floridafun on Thu Jun 17, 2010 9:44 am

what...no jugo stopping in to comment on this?? drunken really its hard to imagine how the heck it cost so much..guess the cost of styrofoam has gone up!
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Post  Aggie Transplant on Thu Jun 17, 2010 10:01 pm

I'll miss it, anyway. it always let us know we were within spittin' distance of my aunt's house..... godawful thing.

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Post  Cincy Fan 44 on Thu Jun 17, 2010 10:34 pm

Aggie Transplant wrote:godawful thing.
Your aunt? Razz

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Post  Aggie Transplant on Thu Jun 17, 2010 11:21 pm

Nice. tongue Rolling Eyes
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Post  Canuck on Fri Jun 18, 2010 12:45 pm

Cincy Fan 44 wrote:
Markwes wrote:When I first heard about this I thought it was talking about the mural by the Notre Dame football stadium. Imagine my disappointment. Very Happy
Perhaps I should've titled it "Big Butter Jesus" as that's what Heywood Banks' song is about.

Jesus murphy...Cincy... I might not get that song out of my head.... Evil or Very Mad
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