Johnny Cash mural leaks after Arkansas water tower fire


A water tower bearing a mural of Johnny Cash was recently knocked down, causing a gross leak.

Screengrab from video shared by the Cleveland County Herald.

A town in Arkansas is turned upside down after someone drills a hole in its water tower in a very specific and unfortunate location.

The water tower in Kingsland, birthplace of Johnny Cash, bears a painted figure of the famous Man in Black – but an unknown man recently carefully aimed at Cash’s crotch and pulled the trigger. Now the mural is perpetually leaking from this spot, video shared May 11 by Cleveland County Herald broadcasts.

Kingsland, with a population of about 400, is 72 miles south of Little Rock.

Water office manager Betty Graham told the Herald it could take up to a week to repair the damage.

She saw the leak when she entered the office early that morning, but assumed it was a ‘routine overflow’, until sunrise, when the cold daylight blew in. revealed the work of the rude vandal, the Herald reported. Kingsland spent nearly $300,000 last year upgrading the water tower.

“Someone here knows who did this,” one comment read. “I hope they come forward and report the vandal.”

“It’s just awful. If they find out who it was, they have to give them the maximum sentence. It’s people’s livelihood, their water source,” said another.

Without condoning vandalism, some felt that the attacker showed a certain panache.

“Shouldn’t have done it, but as far as creativity goes, its 1st class,” one comment read.

Seeing damage to the newly renovated water tower is no laughing matter, Graham said in a Facebook post.

“People think it’s funny, but a lot of hard work and effort went into getting the grant to get this painted,” Graham said. “It’s sad that someone could do this. Please if anyone heard the shot and knows the time or was out last night and saw anything suspicious please let me or someone from the department know waters or sheriff’s department.

Mitchell Willetts is a real-time news reporter covering the United States Center for McClatchy. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and an outdoor enthusiast living in Texas.

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