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How did this bullet hole get in the 25th floor window of the Big Blue Building?


There’s a story captivating the Commonwealth and it has nothing to do with sports. A bullet hole was found in a 25th floor window of the Fifth Third Bank Building, aka the Big Blue Building, in downtown Lexington and no one knows how it got there.

The hole, approximately the size of a baseball, was found on Tuesday morning when employees arrived at work. It was not there when they left on Monday. Photos from LEX18:

Jared Lorenzen’s friend works in the office and shared this picture:

Where was the gun fired from? The Big Blue Building, at 30 stories, is by far the tallest building downtown and the bullet appears to have been fired from the outside, not the inside. The guys discussed the mystery on today’s show, so if you missed it, listen to the podcast to catch up on their theories and share your own in the comments.

NOTE: If you didn’t read the LEX18 story, police found fragments of a bullet among the shattered glass.

[LEX18]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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63 responses to “How did this bullet hole get in the 25th floor window of the Big Blue Building?”

  1. ClutchCargo

    Maybe a pissed off Alabama fan who somehow blames Fifth-Third?

    1. mashburnfan1

      it was the refs fault

    2. JASUN74

      Mashed tater for the win. Haha. That’s some funny stuff man. Lol

  2. kjd

    There’s was complete penetration of the glass. Where’s the alleged bullet?

    1. damage_control

      Complete.Penetration

    2. unbridled

      Complete penetration is top notch. I’m with you. Please prove it was a bullet.

  3. VirginiaCat

    Why is it assumed that the hole was made by a bullet? Could be debris from an airplane.

    1. unbridled

      Agreed. I don’t understand why it assumed to be a bullet.

    2. unbridled

      Could something tethered have been thrown off the top of the building and crashed into the facade when the lanyard was pulled tight?

    3. unbridled

      Did not read the article. Good to know. Had to have been shot at a distance at a severe upward angle and the bullet was on its way down. Really stupid and scary.

  4. jaws2

    Soooooooo where’s the bullet, or jacket fragments? That stuff doesn’t just disappear on impact. If that bullet was fired at approx 2500 ft per second from 300 yards or so, and through that glass, there definitely would be fragments in that room somewhere. Just sayin’.

    1. damage_control

      Ice bullets do

    2. unbridled

      Damage, the idea behind ice bullets was completely busted by the world renowned myth busters.

    3. damage_control

      Sarcasm but thanks

    4. J-Dub421

      The police collected the bullet fragments, moron.

    5. jaws2

      No asswipe, that NOTE was added after a few people asked the question prior to reading the LEX article. We’re just not as bright as you; moron.

    6. J-Dub421

      It’s not my fault you’re too lazy to go look for information elsewhere like I did. Try google, it’s a wonder.

  5. meeksfor3

    As others said a round big enough to create a hole the size of a baseball would leave shrapnel or probably the intact bullet.

  6. AtlKatFan

    Has anyone checked the grassy knoll?

    1. unbridled

      You are defintely on to something.

    2. Willis Wolf Tattoo

      Back and to the left
      Back and to the left
      Back and to the left

  7. Duff86

    We all know from the show Myth Busters that a bullet traveling in excess of 1600 ft/second will explode upon impact though intense deceleration. If my math serves me right, a bullet traveling upwards to the 25th floor of the big blue building would in fact be traveling less that 1600 ft/second. Where’s the bullet?

    1. unbridled

      A standard 30.06 180 grain bullet travels double that speed.

  8. Saul T. Nuts

    It was obviously not a bullet…more likely a very large bird.

    1. bigbluebanana

      It obviously was a bullet.

  9. damage_control

    Since it’s a bullet hole I’m gonna go out on a limb and say someone shot it?

    1. Luether

      My sources say it was a Democ Rat…

    2. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree

      But they don’t have guns.

    3. bigbluebanana

      I’m a registered Democrat. I own 3 guns and have a concealed carry permit. Keep pushing stupid political stereotypes though, the country thanks people like you who tear us apart instead of trying to put us together.

    4. cats646

      Probably a democrat trying to use a gun correctly. Now that’s dangerous. Ha

    5. RealCatsFan

      Could have been a Republican playing with his AR15 that he has a right to own.

    6. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree

      I was being sarcastic because of his stupid comment. Yes I’m a conservative but I’m an Independent.

  10. ClutchCargo

    One more try for the Mod Bot: I’m sure there is an investigation ongoing and this was just a rush to get the story out there by the news station. I would also bet they will take a quick look around, not find anything, and move on, since nobody was apparently hurt or killed.

  11. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree

    It was a ST Pen fan. Who just committed a parole violation.

    1. ClutchCargo

      Wonder if they registered as a sex offender?

    2. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree

      That’s why so many UK fans were able to get tickets. Most of their fan base couldn’t get within 1000 yards of the event because to many children were there.

    3. Matt10

      That was crazy funny! Well done!

  12. Lhw

    A fly by shooting.

    1. bigbluebanana

      This is an under appreciated comment.

  13. Headhurts

    Military exercises, accidentally released live round

  14. ukgrad83

    Possibly a drone with a gun attached.

  15. cats646

    It was China. For sure

  16. mcp157

    Pitino, shooting long distance from U of Hell while as he was leaving Louisville, trying to knock Cal off.

    1. bigbluebanana

      If Pitino shoots anything off, it would’ve hit the building a lot sooner.

  17. Soylentbeans

    It would take a pretty big round to put a hole the size of a damn baseball in that thick window. The glass they use on those buildings is pretty tough. It would have to be a big hunting rifle no small arms could do that.

  18. catsarerunnin

    Maybe it was Matt shooting his mouth off again…

  19. JASUN74

    Some big shot that will never be found, was hit with high powered rifle from helicopter, Hell of a shot if that’s the case!! Lol. This was a hit man with a big military background fellas. Haha. Watching too much tv I guess.

  20. My Dixie Wrecked

    Why is reading so difficult in Kentucky?

    1. KentuckyCommenter

      You’re a great keyboard warrior sir

    2. StillBP

      Reading isn’t, but KSR edits their stories and adds more detail when people comment and point things out to them that were previously omitted.

    3. ClutchCargo

      Why is not being an ass so difficult in Ohio?

    4. bigbluebanana

      Have you been to Ohio clutch? You’d be an ass too if you were stuck there.

  21. Matt10

    Unless this was a misfire from a UK rifle team competition I am submitting a formal protest for this being a non sports story. Please stick to sports. It’s the only reason I come here. Gracias.

    1. StillBP

      oh great, a stick to sports comment. how original. Pro tip: if you don’t like the post, scroll past it.

  22. KentuckyCommenter

    The head must’ve been huge if it caused that much penetration.

    1. BigBlue86

      That’s what she said…

  23. King Kelly Coleman

    Since guns are inanimate objects it’s not much of a mystery how a bullet hole got there. clearly someone fired a gun and the round hit the building….case closed.

  24. ballplayerstu

    Very weird … Could be a drone. Idk

  25. DaniTheGirl

    Well duh its probably not a bullet …duh

  26. DaniTheGirl

    This is outrage culture at its finest …just assuming its a bullet …we go straight to the worst case scenario

    1. ClutchCargo

      The cops clearly jumped to conclusions when they found bullet fragments in the room, along with the broken glass.

    2. Wakecrash

      It was clearly a potato gun shot from the roof of the BB&T building