Posted on July 14, 2021

Conflicting Reports on What May Have Caused George Floyd Mural to Collapse

Tricia Ennis, WTVG, July 13, 2021

A mural honoring George Floyd erected at Summit and Lagrange in Toledo collapsed on Tuesday. According to Toledo Police, witnesses say it was destroyed by a lightning strike. 13abc’s Doppler Radar did show a lightning strike in that block at about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, but there are conflicting reports on what may have caused the collapse.

Hugh Koogan, a city building inspector, told our media partner the Toledo Blade the collapse was a result of natural deterioration and had noticed the middle of the wall bowing recently.


The mural was painted nearly one year to the date of its collapse, in July 2020. {snip}


The City of Toledo has already released a statement on the mural, saying they will work with the arts commission on planning for a new mural {snip}