MONROE, OH (WOIO) - A massive Jesus statue nicknamed "Touchdown Jesus" was struck by lightning Monday evening and destroyed.
According to Solid Rock Church, the statue was sixty-two feet tall and weighed 16,000 pounds. The icon went up into flames quickly because it was a wood and styrofoam sculpture over a steel framework anchored in concrete.
The statue was constructed in Florida, then cut into sections and trucked to Monroe to be reassembled on-site at Solid Rock Church.
The statue is reportedly the largest sculpture of Christ in America and took over 8000 man-hours to develop and install.
An amphitheater was also damage by fire, the pastor of Solid Rock Church says they'll rebuild the statue.
Despite the fire damage, the burnt out shell of the statute is still a huge draw to passer-bys. Police are reportedly ticketing drivers slowing on I-75 to take a look.