Freusburg, NY Tornado, Oct 1860
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 uninjured.
The statement in regard to the balls of fire is endorsed by various other persons.
The Huntingdon Globe Pennsylvania 1860-10-02