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Local history: Giant Jesus statue burned after lightning strike 8 years ago today

Eight years ago, something good came of the loss of a landmark along Interstate 75.

“All around the world, Jesus was discussed that day,” David Lovell, administrator for Solid Rock Church, previously told the Journal-News.

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It was June 14, 2010, when the giant, 62-foot King of Kings statue burned down after being hit by lightning.

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Solid Rock Church replaced the burnt statue in 2012. The new statue is officially called “Lux Mundi,” which is Latin for “Light of the World.”

To ensure history doesn’t repeat itself, the 52-foot “Lux Mundi” is made of fire retardant materials.

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