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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 at least the 1880s, 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 Hwy 43 for four miles. Turn right onto Coyote Drive, then a quick left onto on Gum Rd/Hwy BB/CR-6. Drive west three miles to a T. Turn left on State Line Rd, then make a quick right at "the old Spookies building" on the left, "the only building around." This should be E 50 Rd, a gravel road known locally as "The Devil's Promenade" and "Spook Light Road." The orb travels from east to west along a four mile stretch, beginning anywhere from a .25 mile to 1.5 miles in.
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