Giant boulder nearly collides with Massachusetts church

Mike Krumboltz

A massive runaway boulder that stopped within inches of a Massachusetts church has a pastor wondering if divine intervention may have played a part in saving the house of worship.

"If it rolled another 12 inches, it would have gone right through the building. This boulder was probably 20 tons," Grace Ministries Pastor Rick LeClair told

The boulder was accidentally jarred loose by an excavation company working in an adjacent lot. Footage of the incident plays like a slow-motion action movie. All that's missing is a guy dressed like Indiana Jones running for dear life.

As the boulder rolls toward the church, someone behind the camera can be heard to deadpan, "That's not good."

And indeed, it didn't look good. The boulder rolls, rolls, rolls until it finally loses momentum before it gets to the church.

"We were standing across the street saying, 'Uh-oh. There it goes,'" LeClair told WCVB. "I was thinking the church was going to get wrecked, but I had this peace about me where it really wasn't going to get wrecked. And it didn't."

The food pantry at Grace Ministries feeds thousands of people according to WCVB. Was it faith or physics that stopped the boulder?

LeClair has his theory. "The Lord just kinda said, 'That's enough,'" he said.

"It would have probably closed us down, but it didn't," LeClair said.

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