The firey ball moves across the Spokane sky.
While the east coast of the United States bears the
brunt of Hurricane Irene, the people in Spokane,
Washington have been driven into a panic by the
sudden appearance of a big, glowing ball in the sky.
According to witnesses, the glowing ball started to
move across the sky in the early morning. "I had gotten
up right at 6:00 am" said resident Christopher Prottle.
"I put on my robe and walked out onto the front porch
to get the newspaper. And that's when I saw it, a huge,
ominous looking yellow firey ball on the horizon."
Since early morning the firey ball has been tracking its
way across the sky in an east to west direction.
Spokane Mayor Mary Verner said that she had been trying
to caution Spokane residents to not panic. "It will be
difficult. The people here haven't seen anything of this
magnitude for a long, long time. It has been like since
yesterday that they were forced to go through anything
A good number of automobile accidents occurred in the
early morning hours as Spokanites tried as best they
could to get through the ordeal, rushing to grocery stores
to lay in food, to malls to do some emergency shopping,
and to golf courses to get in one last round.
Some Spokane residents have opted for caution and will
be evacuating the city. "This horrible firey ball seems to be
moving west" said telephone worker Gary Smith. "So we are
packing up the SUV and are going over to Montana and camp out
at Glacier Park. Which works out pretty good considering that's
what we had planned to do this weekend anyway."
Not everyone was surprised at the appearance of the firey
ball. Father Ronald McNeil, Jesuit priest and Professor of
Classics at local Gonzaga University, said he was very familiar
with the phenomenon inasmuch as it was known to the ancient
Greeks. "The poets Homer and Pindar both described this, writing
of Helios and his firey steeds. I think it similar to what we
are seeing now."
Tomei Dickens of the National Hurricane Center said that
she thought that Spokane residents should remain calm.
"I think this is a temporary phenomenon" she said. "In
fact, I think that the scary yellow ball will go away
by this evening — say around 7:40 pm."