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In the middle of swamp country on the Oklahoma/Missouri border appears an unexplained phenomena called the Hornet Spook Light. The light seems to hover above the ground anywhere from a few feet in height to ranging high above the tree tops. here is the description from wiki:
" The Spooklight is commonly described as a single ball of light or a tight grouping of lights that is said to appear in the area regularly, usually at night. Although the description of the light is similar to that of other visual phenomena witnessed throughout the world, the term "Spooklight" when standing alone generally refers to this specific case. Numerous legends exist that attempt to describe the origin of the Spooklight, one of which involves the ghosts of two young Native American lovers looking for each other."
The light has been reported since the mid to late 1800's with the first documented case occurring in 1881. Which seems to disprove one theory that states that the Spooklight is nothing more than passing car lights on a nearby interstate. There wouldn't have been car lights back in the 1800's and even if it was argued that "wagon lights" were the culprit it's hard to believe that wagon lights could be seen above the trees.
The are that has the most sightings is a long dirt road just outside of the small community of Hornet, Oklahoma. This area is referred to by locals as "The Devil's Promenade." Other theories or explanations for the mysterious light range from swamp gas to certain atmospheric conditions similar to the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).
"The ball of fire, described as varying from the size of a baseball to a basketball, dances and spins down the center of the road at high speeds, rising and hovering above the treetops, before it retreats and disappears. Others have said it sways from side to side, like a lantern being carried by some invisible force. In any event, the orange fire-like ball has reportedly been appearing nightly for well over a one hundred years. According to locals, the best time to view the spook light is between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and midnight and tends to shy away from large groups and loud sounds."
The Paranormal stories are many. The first is of a lost prospector who died in the area carrying a lantern. The land in that area is rich in Zinc and Lead and back in the 1800's many prospectors came to the area and were often lost in the swamp or possibly even killed by Indians or their greedy compatriots. Another story states that the Spooklight is residual spirit energy that was left from the attrocities committed on "The Trail of Tears" and that Indian spirits have come back to make sure that no one forgets.
Here are a few more stories again from the webiste AmericanLegends.com:
"Other interesting legends also abound about the light that provide a more ghostly explanation. The oldest is the story of a Quapaw Indian maiden who fell in love with a young brave. However, her father would not allow her to marry the man as he did not have a large enough dowry. The pair eloped but were soon pursued by a party of warriors. According to the legend, when the couple was close to being apprehended, they joined hands above the Spring River and leaped to their deaths. It was shortly after this event, that the light began to appear and was attributed to the spirits of the young lovers.
Another legend tells of a miner whose cabin was attacked by Indians while he was away. Upon his return, he found his wife and children missing and is said to continue looking for them along the old road, searching with his lantern.
Others say the Spook Light is the ghost of an Osage Indian chief who was decapitated in the area and continues to search for his lost head, with a lantern held high in his hand."
Sightings of the Spook Light are common, sometimes even reported to be seen inside vehicles. A few people, who have been walking along the road at night, have even claimed to have felt the heat of the ball as it passed near them.
So what do you guys think the Spooklight really is?
Here is a video for your viewing pleasure about the Spooklight