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Our national icon was struck by lightning! On the last day of February.
The original Merlion statue located at One Fullerton was struck by lightning this afternoon, causing quite a commotion.
Claire Huang caught up with some witnesses to find out what happened.
Nature sure knows how to throw a tantrum.
In its fit of anger, Singapore's longstanding original icon - the Merlion, was damaged by lightning flashes.
23 year-old Ms Swee Xueping who was having lunch with 5 other friends said the incident caused a stir.
"So we were actually sitting at Coffeebean, and then we were buying (food) and then we heard a loud thunder sound. Then we saw the lightning which was quite, it's kind of orangey and then there was a commotion, and we heard a loud noise, but we didn't know what actually happened. We were just wondering how come there's this big commotion."
A staff who wants to be known only as Mr Yap said the incident happened between 4 and 5pm.
Mr Yap who works in a shop a few metres away from the damaged statue, describes how some passersby who were stranded in the rain, dashed into the restaurant for cover.
"Something like an explosion sound, very loud. Then after that some of the pieces fell off the Merlion. All the people under the umbrella (3 parasols) ran in, towards our shop. They were scared that there'll be another thunder (lightning) strike."
Mr Yap's colleague Ms Toh said she didn't realise that the lightning had struck the statue until a customer drew her attention to it.
"I heard the thunderstorm and I saw many of the customers running into our outlet. I just heard from a customer then noticed "Hey, why the Merlion's head dropped?""
The explosion, caused by the lightening, created a hole the size of a soccer ball, on the Merlion.
But according to eye witnesses, no one was hurt.
In fact, many passersby and tourists didn't even notice the rubble on the walkway.
The statue is one of five Merlions in Singapore.
The 8.6 metre tall statue was originally located at the mouth of the Singapore River but was moved to Fullerton in 2002.
Image and report from Lightning strikes the Merlion at Fullerton.
- The original statue at Merlion Park
- The two-metre tall cub statue standing behind the original statue
- The 37-metre tall gigantic replica — with Mouth Gallery Viewing Deck on the ninth storey, another viewing gallery on its head and The Merlion Shop — at Sentosa Island
- The three-metre tall glazed polymarble statue at Tourism Court (near Grange Road) completed in 1995
- The three-metre tall polymarble statue placed on Mount Faber's Faber Point in 1998