Freusburg, NY Tornado
The Air Full of Fire Balls.
The town of Freusburg, in Chautauqua county, N.
Y., was visited by a veritable tornado on the
7th inst. The Buffalo Express says a singular
noise preceded the hurricane; those out of doors
compared its advance to the fierce driving of
many lumber wagons. The lights in many houses
were extinguished, without any visible cause.
Several houses were unroofed, others were moved
from their foundations and others were still
thrown down and demolished. Trees were torn up
by the roots and blown about like feathers. The
roof of the Methodist Church was carried away.
The corn crop was ruined, the gardens were laid
waste, and innumerable fences were blown down.
Fortunately no one was injured in the least. The
tornado was not over thirty rods in width and
its duration did not exceed half a minute. It is
impossible to estimate the damage. After the
tornado, a family noticed the rain leaking down
rather freely, took a light and went up stairs
and discovered the roof was gone. So sudden was
the blow, and so noiselessly, that they did not
know that anything had happened. A Swede woman
who was caught out in the storm lay down on the
ground and held fast to a board fence while all
sorts of missiles were flying around her. She
says the air was full of fire balls. She was
The statement in regard to the balls of fire
is endorsed by various other persons.
The Huntingdon Globe Pennsylvania
Submitted & transcribed by Stu
Beitler Thank you,
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