I don't know how many other people here had seen that statue of Jesus at the Solid Rock Church in Monroe (just north of Cincy) but it apparently got struck by lightening last night around 11:15 PM. The crews got there too late and couldn't save it and now it's completely burned to the ground except for the metal frame. This has apparently made national news along with our local news and honestly, I'm surprised it didn't happen sooner since the thing seemed to be a lightening rod waiting to happen being so tall and sitting in a somewhat flat area.
Here's a couple of links that have some photos and more about the story although you can find this news on just about every site now. I didn't realize this would be such a big story! I'm glad no one was hurt at the church and that there's no damage to the actual church. There's supposed to be a press conference of some sort around 10 AM today so I guess they'll talk about the damage and their future plans there.
Yahoo Story: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_lightn...s_jesus_statue