- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - When Ben Franklin famously flew a kite in a lightning storm, he made history, but a wind storm over the weekend proved too much.

The Boston Globe reports (https://bit.ly/23VlFaT) an 1856 bronze statue of Franklin positioned along the city’s Freedom Trail toppled over after a particularly blustery Sunday.

A city spokeswoman says high winds pushed a nearby tent into the statue, causing it to fall off its pedestal.

She says the Boston Arts Commission is working with a professional curator on the repair plan.

Crews were seen placing the statue into what looked like a body bag on Monday.

The Freedom Trail Foundation website says the statue marks the location of the original Boston Latin School, where Franklin was a student. It’s the oldest public school in the nation.

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