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Tri-State Spook Light aka Hornet Spook Light

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Quapaw, Oklahoma

One of the few consistently performing mystery lights in the U.S., glowing since 1881, and named the Hornet Spook Light (after a now defunct town). Investigated without satisfaction by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1946, which declared it a "mysterious light of unknown origin."

The orbs are visible at night (when they choose to appear) along a four mile stretch of the gravel Oklahoma East 50 Road, also called the "The Devil's Promenade" and "Spook Light Road." Current explanations blame it on lights refracted through the woods from nearby highways, or escaping subterranean gas, or piezoelectric energy created by quartz crystals rubbing together underground. Or ghosts.

At one point in its history there was a local general store maintaining a Spook Light Museum, but that has been closed for decades.

Also see: Mystery Spots | Creatures Guide: Spook Lights

Tri-State Spook Light aka Hornet Spook Light

E 50 Rd, Quapaw, OK
I-44 exit 4 in Missouri. Drive south on MO-43 for four miles. Turn right (no stoplight or sign) onto Gum Rd/CR-6. Drive west 3.5 miles to a T. Turn left onto State Line Rd, and then you'll see a small house on the left (the only building around). Just past the house turn right onto E 50 Rd, known locally as "The Devil's Promenade" and "Spook Light Road." The orb travels from east to west along a four mile stretch, frequently spotted between 1.5 and two miles in.
Most often reported between 10pm and midnight. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
RA Rates:
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