After being struck by lightning, a George Floyd mural in Toledo, Ohio, came falling down.
The Floyd tribute was placed on the side of the building that had housed Mugshots pub. It was brightly colored and featured his likeness with a crown atop his head. Witnesses report that lightening struck the mural at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 13, causing the bricks to fall.
While some speculated that foul play was involved, Doppler Radar revealed a lightning strike in the same block at the same time.
The George Floyd mural on the side of this building on Summit & Lagrange at Toldeo, Ohio has collapsed after being struck by lightning. 🤨🤔 pic.twitter.com/iPrBSI1LAe
— TheDivineMissM (@LibertyMarieEP) July 14, 2021
The artwork was painted on the side of a dilapidated structure.
The bricks appeared to be bowing in an arch, indicating that they were unable to survive the lightning hit. According to a Toledo Building Inspector, the structure of the building is sound, but the outside brick wall is not.
In July 2020, artist David Ross will paint the George Floyd mural “Take a Breath” in this location.
A representative for the city of Toledo stated they are working on plans for a new mural.
The police in Toledo used tape to divide the area where the bricks had landed. The building’s owner was also observed cleaning up the bricks and tearing down the remaining George Floyd mural that was still there.
George Floyd mural got collapsed today by the lightening strike.
So will there be any riots against God ? pic.twitter.com/pm67YwLu6S
— 🧢מאק (@beingrealmac) July 14, 2021
Floyd’s death sparked nationwide Black Lives Matter rallies, including riots in several cities.
Officer Derek Chauvin of the Minneapolis Police Department was found guilty of murder in the case.
During the riots, not only were police stations and cars targeted, but several privately owned buildings were also destroyed and plundered by those claiming to be honoring and fighting for George Floyd’s justice.
While supporters of Black Lives Matter bemoaned the mural’s removal, others offered a different perspective. Since George Floyd’s face was removed, others wondered if this was a biblical sign.
Why, because I said God hit the George Floyd mural and removed his face with lightning and if he didn’t, it was your global warming telling you it was wrong so you lose either way
…additionally, I am not part of the GOP. I am an American voter who made a comment https://t.co/YXUdP69pKN
— Wayne Dupree Media, LLC (@WayneDupreeShow) July 14, 2021
The location of the new mural is yet to be determined.
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