1892 Alabama "The Earth Shook" Interesting story about a meteorite. TMalmay
THE EARTH SHOOK. Gadsdss, Ala., January 12.— [Special.]— Tom Burgees and John Jones came into the city Monday morning and gave a most vivid description of the frightful disturbance which created so much consternation and wonder in this section of country last Saturday night. They were out hunting in the woods east of Gadsden, when, at about 8 o'clock, the heavens were suddenly illuminated with a lurid and ghostly light They quickly looked upward, when tbey saw a large ball ot Are in the air, which was approaching them at a rapid rate. It seemed about twice as large as a man's head, and almost at a white heat. As it passed within a few yards of them, it made a loud, whizzing noise and they felt the heat from it very sensibly. It approached nearer and nearer the ground until it passed out of sight. In a few seconds they beard the tremendous report, which shook the whole country for mites around, and created great consternation among the people. Our informants state that tbey were too badly frightened to follow it up Saturday night, but early Sunday morning they went to the place where they last saw it and soon found where the meteor had struck the earth and plowed up a furrow about as large as a flour barrel and three or four feet deep, and then came out of the earth and struck a large pine tree, about six feet - from the ground, down small growth and tearing up the ground considerably. A few pieces ot the matter were found so firmly imbedded in the tree that they could not get them out. The pieces they found did not look like anything they bad - ever seen, and smelt strongly of burning sulphur . The explosion was beard distinctly for a distance of seventy - five miles in all directions, and the concussion shook things up considerably. The houses shook and rocked as if by an earthquake. Table ware and bric - a - brac were shaken down and broken, and tbe people were night and declared that tbe world was coming to an end Many and varied stories are told, but the above are tbe facts as near as your reporter could learn them.