Toledo, Ohio George Floyd Mural Falls, Cause Investigated


A man holds up a sign in front of a mural of George Floyd following the guilty verdict the trial of Derek Chauvin on April 20, 2021, in Atlanta, Georgia. – Derek Chauvin, a white former Minneapolis police officer, was convicted on April 20 of murdering African-American George Floyd after a racially charged trial that was seen as a pivotal test of police accountability in the United States. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage / AFP) (Photo by ELIJAH NOUVELAGE/AFP via Getty Images)

Toledo, Ohio residents are asking what happened after a George Floyd mural crumbled apart following a storm in the area. Witnesses told Toledo Police the mural was struck by lightning, but some conflicting accounts were given, according to 13 ABC News.

The news outlet reported the mural was erected in July 2020 at Summit and Lagrange, and that it collapsed Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

Hugh Koogan, a city building inspector, told the Toledo Blade that the mural collapsed due to natural edterioration over the last year. Koogan told the newspaper he had noticed the middle of the wall was bowing.

“It was just age. It just came away,” Koogan told the Blade.

13 ABC had doppler radar which indicated there was a lightning strike in that block at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, the day of the collapse.

ABC 13 reported the wall is now just “a pile of bricks.”