Ohio — southwest Ohio, in particular — has made national news after this happened last night:
MONROE, OHIO — Monroe fire officials set damage at $700,000 after lightning struck and burned down a 62-foot-high Jesus Christ statue and an adjacent amphitheater at Solid Rock Church late Monday.
Church leaders are vowing to rebuild the iconic “King of Kings” statue — also dubbed “Touchdown Jesus” — which alone was valued at $300,000.
The sight of a mammoth, 62-feet high Jesus in flames caused numerous motorists to stop for pictures. According to news reports, the “Ohio State Highway Patrol is issuing warnings to those who stop — and will soon start writing citations, a dispatcher for the patrol’s Lebanon post said.”
The Dayton Daily News goes more in depth, getting this quote from Dawn Smith, 25, one of the onlookers last night as the structure was burning: “I had to see it. What else are you going to do on a Monday night?”