Weird News: Giant Ohio Touchdown Jesus Statue Will Be Rebuilt

A giant statue of Christ in Ohio known as Touchdown Jesus will be rebuilt after it was rather ironically struck by lightning and destroyed Monday night. The King of Kings statue, as it was officially called by the Solid Rock Church where it stood, burned to the ground Monday night after being struck by lightning.

Touchdown Jesus statue in Monroe, Ohio (Drust/Flickr)
Touchdown Jesus statue in Monroe, Ohio (Drust/Flickr)

Church officials announced Tuesday they plan to resurrect the statue, nicknamed Touchdown Jesus because of the statue’s odd pose. The giant Jesus statue, also known as Big Butter Jesus for its creamy color, has stood as a regional landmark in Monroe, Ohio along interstate 74 just north of Cincinnati since 2004.

According to Monroe police, lightning appears to have struck the right hand of the giant Touchdown Jesus statue, sparking a fire that rapidly consumed the Styrofoam and fiberglass structure. (Watch video of the Touchdown Jesus fire here.)

While some may not find this all that amusing, we couldn’t help but laugh at a portion of the 911 calls over the Touchdown Jesus fire.

Caller: Reports a “bolt of lightning” has hit the statue.

Dispatcher: “Jesus is on fire”

Caller: “I swear to God, this not a prank … I am serious. I just saw it get struck by lightning.”

Dispatcher: “I believe you.”

Caller: “I know it’s not funny, but literally his one hand is on fire.”

Another Caller: “Lightning hit the touchdown Jesus monument, it’s flaming.”

People from all over the world have reportedly been calling the Solid Rock Church in Ohio about the Touchdown Jesus fire. We’re pretty sure they won’t have too hard of a time raising funds to get him rebuilt pronto.

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