Experts Puzzle Over Mysterious Flaming Pit In Arkansas As Satan Is Ruled Out

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Experts are trying to determine the cause of flames of up to 12 feet high spontaneously erupting from a pit in Midway, Arkansas. Could it be… Satan? So far, they’ve come up empty. But they know what didn’t cause it. The fire burned for about 40 minutes on Sept. 17 from a hole believed to have been made by animals, the newspaper said. “As far as the spiritual Satan goes, we’ve ruled that out,” “He didn’t come up and stick his pitchfork in the ground and blow that hole out.” Judge Mickey Pendergrass told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “But what caused it? I have no idea. There’s no gas lines nearby and there was no smell of natural gas.” He also ruled out a meteor strike, as the 3.5-foot-deep pit had been there for some time.

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“I took a temperature reading of it and it showed 780 degrees inside the hole,” fire Chief Donald Tucker told the Springfield News-Leader. “I can’t think of any geologic situation that would allow that to happen. Not in this area,” Ty Johnson, an Arkansas Geological Survey geologist told KY3. Jim Sierzchula, director of Baxter County Office of Emergency Management, told the News-Leader there used to be a gas station nearby, but there’s no indication that it caused the fire, there were lightning strikes in the area the night before. “What ignited it and what fueled it we still don’t know,” Pendergrass told KY3. “And it may remain forever a mystery.”

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