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Pat Shingleton: "12-9 and Strange Occurances"

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Posted: Dec 8, 2013 9:05 AM by Pat Shingleton

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Topics: 1847, Forest Hill Arkansas. 1885, Westmoreland, England

On this date in 1847, residents of Forest Hill, Arkansas, recovered from an explosion that rocked the community. The episode was described as "a solid black fleece...above a red glare as of many torches." As noted in a previous column, houses rattled, and the local church bell rang as a fiery barrel-sized object caused a two-by-eight foot crater. It was also reported that it smelled of sulfur and once doused with water, it boiled. Similar events include a thunderstorm in Westmoreland, England in 1885 when a 12 pound, spinning rock bombarded and killed a herd of sheep. In 1867,on the Isle of Sark, following a lightning strike,.residents described a "green-hued mineral axe" laying beneath a dead cow.

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