Was The Wisconsin Fireball The Same Kind That Started The Chicago Fire?

Posted by on April 16th, 2010

Panicked cheeseheads across the Quad Cities area of Wisconsin reported seeing a massive fireball light up the night sky on Wednesday. But, was the brilliant streaking light, thought to be caused by a meteor shower, just a repeat of another similar phenomenon that some believe left far greater devastation nearly a century and a half ago?

In short, could a fireball like this be what ignited the Great Chicago Fire?

In 2004 engineer and physicist Robert M. Wood posited exactly that, citing other fires that began at the same time the Chi Town conflagration began in… guess where… the farming towns of Wisconsin!

All of this has happened before and it will happen again. Except now we have modern fire brigades and flame extinguishing foam.


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