Stone Breasts Survive Lightning Strike: Venus De Milo Bust Last Thing Standing After Statue Explodes

By iScienceTimes Staff Reporter on January 7, 2013 3:49 PM EST

Venus De Milo
Venus De Milo (Photo: Creative Commons)

A stone breast is the only thing that survived a violent lightning strike in Australia. A lightning strike crashed into a Venus De Milo statue, causing the statue to explode, leaving only the stone breasts standing.

Tom Finlay, a stonemason is Australia, was standing in a courtyard when a white flash came down, striking the statue and sending it into a million little pieces, according to Yahoo! News.

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"There was a clap of thunder and the sculpture blew up like a rocket-launcher had hit it," he told theNT News. "The lightning looked like a serpent. Everything disintegrated but the breasts -all that's left is what's under her hips."

The five-foot tall statue exploded, leaving the stone breasts to fall more than 26-feet. The stone breasts, however, did not shatter and sustained only minor damage.

Finlay said he isn't sure what to do with the surviving stone breasts.

"It's still a bit raw," he said. "I'll leave the statue the way it is to show the force of nature ... I might mount [the breasts] and hang them in my office."

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