Bobbing and bouncing
along a dirt road in northeast
is the Hornet
Spook Light, a
paranormal enigma for more than a century. Described most often
as an orange ball of light, the orb travels from east to west along a
four mile gravel road, long called the Devil's Promenade by area locals.
Spook Light, often
referred to as the
Spook Light or the
Spook Light is
Oklahoma near the small town of
Quapaw. However, it is most often seen from the east, which is why it has been
"attached” to the tiny hamlet of Hornet,
and the larger better known town of
According to the
legend, the spook light was first seen by
Indians along the infamous
Trail of Tears
in 1836; however, the first "official” report occurred in 1881 in a
publication called the Ozark Spook Light.
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.
paranormal and scientific investigators have studied the light,
including the Army Corps of Engineers, no one has been able to provide
a conclusive answer as to the origin of the light.
have been presented over the years including escaping natural gas,
reflecting car lights and billboards, and will-o’-the-wisps, a
luminescence created by rotting organic matter. However, all of these
explanations all fall short of being conclusive.
As to the theory of escaping natural gas,
which is common in marshy areas, the Hornet Light is seemingly not
affected by wind or by rain, and how would it self-ignite? The
idea that it might be a will-o’-the-wisp is discounted, as this
biological phenomena does not display the intensity of the ball of
light seen along the Devil's Promenade. Explanations of headlights or billboards are
easily discarded, as the light was seen years before automobiles or
billboards were made, and before a road even existed in the area.