By Cassandra Fairbanks
A George Floyd mural in Ohio crumbled following a lightning strike in Toledo on Tuesday.
Only the portion of the wall that previously featured Floyd’s face appeared to be damaged.
Witnesses told police that the street art was struck by lightning, which was confirmed by ABC 13’s doppler radar.
13abc’s Dopler Radar did show a lightning strike in that block at about 4:30 PM this afternoon. https://t.co/sivCiT991j
— WTVG 13abc (@13abc) July 13, 2021
The weather was sunny and mild, according to the weather reports. It was around 73 degrees with scattered clouds.
ABC 13 reports that “the mural was painted nearly one year to the date of its collapse in July 2020. Groups have held memorial services for Floyd in front of the mural, including on the one-year anniversary of his death at the hands of Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin.”
Toledo’s George Floyd mural at Summit and Lagrange collapsed today. A city building inspector says it was “just age. It just came away.” They had noticed it bowing recently. pic.twitter.com/pXcFqfznFc
— Kaitlin Durbin (@njKaitlinDurbin) July 13, 2021
Naturally, the news sparked countless commentators stating that it was an “act of God.”
— effmarx80 (@effmarx80) July 14, 2021
Many quoted scripture, specifically Deuteronomy 5:6-9, which states “I am the Lord your God … You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them.”
“I am the Lord your God … You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them (Deuteronomy 5:6-9)
— ZephanUnbound✝️🇺🇸 (@shikamaru317) July 14, 2021
Golden Calf struck down. Worship false idols, feel the wrath of God.
— SHTF (@SHTF48850882) July 14, 2021
For all those people that don’t believe in God because they need a sign, well, here’s your sign, lol
— Craiger 🇺🇸🎸🛠 (@dsm1cxm) July 14, 2021
— Arrest Fauci (@Pepe_MAGA_anon) July 14, 2021
Others joked about how it is yet another building destroyed in connection with Floyd, referencing the violent riots and chaos across the nation during the summer of 2020.
A structure being damaged in a George Floyd related incident? What are the odds?
— Lucky🐍 (@evrythingstays) July 14, 2021
Nature is healing
— charlie ⚾ posting his W's (@floggingcholly) July 14, 2021
It is currently unclear if another mural will be placed in the area to replace the one that was destroyed.
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