Methane, Meteorite, Satan ruled out of Mystery Fire

❝ Mickey Pendergrass, the county judge in Baxter County, said officials are still investigating the mysterious Midway hole that flared into a spectacular 12-foot flame early on the morning of Sept. 17, then burned at about 8 feet high for more than 40 minutes…

❝ Pendergrass said the hole had been there for at least 10 years, according to a man who used to mow the grass on the private property along Arkansas 5. So it wasn’t caused by the recent impact of a meteorite…

❝ Donald Tucker, chief of the Midway Fire Protection District, said…”I’ve never seen it before. I hope I never see it again,” he said. “What it was, I have no idea.”

Cue soundtrack from the Twilight Zone.