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Quapaw's 'Lights' Remain A Mystery

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2007 11:31:38 -0400
Archived: Tue, 30 Oct 2007 11:31:38 -0400
Subject: Quapaw's 'Lights' Remain A Mystery

Source: NewsOK.Com - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA


Tuesday October 30, 2007

Quapaw's 'Lights' Remain A Mystery

By David Zizzo
Staff Writer

QUAPAW -- One night, Bill Blalock and some friends were sitting
in the dark on a country road in a car with the engine off.
People do that a lot around here, especially around Halloween.

"We were just talking, watching," said Blalock, of nearby Miami.

That's when Blalock spotted a car coming up from behind.

"The closer it got, the more it didn't look like a car
headlight," Blalock said.

It wasn't. When the light appeared to be about 100 yards from
the group, "it went up in the trees."

The yellowish light "probably the size of a bass drum," as
Blalock described it, darted around and came out on the other
side of the group's car. It dropped toward the ground, Blalock

For 15 minutes, the display continued.

Everyone knows

The more people you ask around here about the lights, the more
stories you'll hear. Everyone knows about the "spook lights"
even if they don't know what they are. The lights are well known
in this area of abandoned mines and rolling hills at the edge of
the Ozarks.

Suggestions have been made that the lights, which have been
reported for generations, result from a physical aspect of the
environment, such as an escaping gas or vehicle lights from the
nearby turnpike.

The story long has been told that the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers even tried to figure out what the lights were, but
corps spokesman Edward Engelke said his agency has no record of
such involvement.

"It just wouldn't make any sense they'd send our agency out to
do something like that," he said.

Even if the scientific side is legend, this mystery has plenty
of better legends.

"It's supposed to be two people madly in love that died, blah,
blah, blah," said Pam Lovell, who works at the Miami News

Or the light is a lantern carried by the spirit of an old miner
who disappeared while wandering the fields. Or it's a torch
carried by an American Indian searching for the head that was
chopped off by his wife, a task that would seem difficult, given
such a handicap.

Whatever the myth or explanation, one thing is clear: Lots of
people say they've seen something, whether it's a small green
dot or an orange fireball.

"It's really cool," Lovell said.

Terry Tyree, principal of the Quapaw High School, recalls seeing
the light when he was younger. "It was like a bright white ball
in the sky."

"It's just interesting to watch," he said. "It's not scary at

Seeing is believing

Blalock's granddaughter, Alisa Blalock, 20, had always heard
about the light, but she wasn't sure it existed. Until one night
driving a dark road with her mother, the women spotted an orange
"ball of fire" hovering over a pasture about 20 yards from the

"I didn't really believe it until I seen it myself," Alisa
Blalock said.

Occasionally, when the lights get publicity, usually around
Halloween, roads east of Quapaw get a little less lonely. During
the height of the UFO scares of the mid-1950s, northeastern
Oklahoma mystery lights got so much publicity that The Oklahoman
reported the "Dancing 'Fire Ball' Causes Road Jam" near Sand
Springs, 80 miles to the southwest. Turns out that "spirits"
causing that mystery light, which was said to be accompanied by
a low moan, were two Tulsa teens with flashlights and green
towels perched on a cliff.

But these spook lights have endured. They've been reported for
generations in the corner of northeastern Oklahoma, southwestern
Kansas and southeastern Missouri, an area sometimes described as
the "Spooksville Triangle" or the Devil's Promenade, the latter
a name of an old Indian settlement in Ottawa County. In
Missouri, the phenomenon is goes by several names, including the
"Joplin Spook Light" and the "Hornet Ghost Light."

The lights for a time inspired impromptu "museums," such as
Spooky Joe's near the Oklahoma border and the "Free Spook Light
Museum." The museums are gone, but the tales, the mystery and,
apparently, the lights continue.

"A lot of people are saying, 'It's just your imagination,'" Bill
Blalock said. "I don't think I've imagined it 20 times. Whatever
it is, it's real."

[Thanks to Stuart Miller of http://uforeview.net/ for the lead]

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