Monday, 6 June 2011
The Flying Peaches of Shreveport
Rather similar was the case of the “flying peaches of Shreveport” which occurred on 12 July 1961. Three builders were repairing the roof of a house when suddenly they came under bombardment from a hail of what they took to be golfballs. The objects were small, round and hurt when they hit. The builders looked around expecting to see a gang of teenagers throwing golfballs, but could see nobody. The balls seemed to be falling vertically down from a cloudy sky. They retreated from the roof and took shelter. The bombardment continued for about five minutes. When it stopped the workmen ventured out and found that what they had thought were golfballs were, in fact, unripe peaches, green and hard. They collected up around 200 of them.
When the workmen reported the incident to the police, they suggested that the peaches had been scooped up from some nearby orchard by a strong gust of wind and then deposited on the hapless workmen. The story got into the local press, and a reporter contacted the US Weather Bureau for an explanation of how such a strong updraft could occur. The Bureau replied that such a weather event would be most unusual event. They studied the weather charts for Shreveport on the day concerned and announced that it had been a calm day without the conditions necessary for creating the sort of mini-tornado which alone could lift 200 peaches into the sky.
Again the single shower of peaches was all that occurred. The event did not progress into a poltergeist visitation.