Ohio’s Famous ‘Touchdown Jesus’ Statue Burned To Ground By ‘Act of God’

June 15th, 2010 - 10:33 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Touchdown Jesus June 15 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A ‘King of Kings’ statues, nicknamed, the ‘Touchdown Jesus’ by locals because of his outstretched arms, has remained one of Ohio’s most famous landmarks, and has stood by Interstate 75 in Monroe, at the evangelical Solid Rock Church, since 2004. The 62 foot tall statue of Jesus Christ was struck by lightening on Monday night and burned to the ground.

According to the Monroe Police dispatchers, the statue was struck by lightening, and began burning at around 11:15 pm, on Monday night. It stood just north of Cincinnati, Ohio, along I 75 and was made of plastic foam and fiberglass. Sadly, all that is now left of the famous tourist attraction is the steel frame, which was still standing early this morning.

Although the fire subsequently spread to the adjacent amphitheater, no one was injured and it was contained to the attic of the building. As far as the statue’s fate, Kin Peace, police dispatcher said, “It burned to the ground. The whole statue is gone.”

The statue was meant to be a symbol of hope, and was financed by Lawrence Bishop and his wife for about $250,000. So many travelers had stopped to see the statue, that a walkway had been built to accommodate them. May are finding it hard to believe that the landmark is gone.

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