NOTE: Obviously the following story about the Superman Statue in Metropolis, Illinois losing its head in a freak storm was one of our April Fools Day pranks. It did NOT happen. Please stop ringing the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce about it.
The Superman Statue in Metropolis, Illinois was catastrophically damaged in a freak storm last night, when high winds saw a large tree fly through the air, severing the head of the 15 foot bronze statue.
A line of severe storms that formed in Kansas overnight moved all the way across Missouri into southern Illinois bringing extensive wind damage to the extreme southern part of the state into western Kentucky. Winds as high as 80mph and several unconfirmed reports of tornadoes were reported with this line.
With the annual Superman Celebration scheduled to take place in June, it’s not yet known how the statue will be repaired or what it’s going to take to reattach the head, but Metropolis mayor Billy McDaniel said they will fix it.
“We’ll definitely restore him, put him back together. We love Superman, so we’ll get him all mended up and back to normal,” McDaniel said. “I’m just not sure if we’ll get him fixed in time for this year’s celebration.”
The statue was errected in 1993 at a cost of $120,000, mostly funded by the sale of engraved bricks which make up the base which the statue stands on. It’s unknown if a similar fundraising effort will be employed to help secure the money needed to repair the statue.