Giant Jesus Statue Destroyed by Lightning
15 June 2010: A six-story statue of Jesus Christ was struck by lightning and burned to the ground, leaving only a blackened steel skeleton and pieces of foam that were scooped up by curious onlookers Tuesday.
The "King of Kings" statue, one of southwest Ohio's most familiar landmarks, had stood since 2004 at the evangelical Solid Rock Church along Interstate 75 in Monroe, just north of Cincinnati.
The lightning strike set the statue ablaze around 11:15 p.m. Monday, Monroe police dispatchers said.
The sculpture, about 62 feet tall and 40 feet wide at the base, showed Jesus from the torso up and was nicknamed Touchdown Jesus because of the way the arms were raised, similar to a referee signaling a touchdown. It was made of plastic foam and fiberglass over a steel frame, which is all that remained Tuesday...
BP suspends oil siphoning after lightning strike
15 June 2010: BP PLC temporarily suspended siphoning operations on its blown Gulf of Mexico oil well Tuesday after a drill ship collecting the oil apparently was hit by lightning, the company said.
A small fire broke out on the top of the derrick on the drill ship Discoverer Enterprise about 9:30 a.m. Central time, according to BP /quotes/comstock/13*!bp/quotes/nls/bp (BP 30.44, -0.96, -3.06%) . It was quickly extinguished and there were no injuries.
As a precaution, however, the company shut down efforts to contain the highly flammable crude...
Lightning Strike Causes Fire at Gas Tank Farm
15 June 2010: A bolt of lightning struck a local gasoline storage tank early Sunday, erupting into a wall of flames that leapt as high as 100 feet and belched a plume of smoke that billowed like an arch across eight lanes of interstate highway.
That so many people safely awakened hours later, not knowing the event had even happened, bears testament to the speed and effectiveness of the response.
A team of 150 firefighters from Greensboro, High Point, Raleigh and Charlotte arrived on the scene, tamed the fire in less than six hours and, more importantly, prevented its spread to 71 other gasoline tanks at the Colonial Pipeline tank farm off I-40...