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According to Motherboard (This article and its images were originally posted on Motherboard October 3, 2018 at 01:06PM.)
A burning hell-maw opened up in Arkansas last month, and no one knows why.
Around 4:30 a.m. on Sept. 17, fire started spewing from a hole in the ground in rural Midway, Arkansas. The flames burned eight feet high out of the volleyball-sized hole, according to local news reports, for more than 40 minutes.
The incident has launched Baxter County citizens, authorities, and utilities providers into an investigation on the mystery of the Midway Fire Hole.
“As far as the spiritual Satan goes, we’ve ruled that out,” Mickey Pendergrass, the county judge in Baxter County told Arkansas Online. “He didn’t come up and stick his pitchfork in the ground and blow that hole out.”
Midway Fire Protection District Chief Donald Tucker told me over the phone that although news reports have said the flames initially reached 12 feet high, he never saw them get to that level. A passerby saw the flames and reported it to the fire department, he said. By the time they arrived shortly after the report, it had lowered to eight feet. It burned red-orange, at about two feet in diameter.
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