Pat Shingleton: "Getting Stoned in Charleston..."
Tuesday afternoon, New Roads reported 1" hail but the "real" stones occurred on this date in 1886. The Charleston News and Courier's editor first reported a showering of stones at 2:30 AM on September 4th, five hours later another round of stone showers hit the South Carolina capital. Six hours later another rock shower occurred and city officials were unable to determine the stone storm's origin. Believing that gusty winds may have jolted the building where the newspaper was located a further investigation found that many residents were also experiencing the falling stones in an area about 75 square feet. Stone sizes ranged from grape to egg-sized, resembling "pebbles of flint." A similar incident occurred in Harrisonville, Ohio in 1901.