Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005


Three boys questioned in brush fire

News staff writer

Three boys were being questioned Monday night about their role in a fire that burned a wooded ridge above an east Birmingham subdivision.

The two-alarm fire started around 5:35 p.m. and burned 35 acres of brush above Stonehedge subdivision off Edwards Lake Road.

Birmingham Capt. C.W. Mardis said police stopped three boys seen coming out of the woods, who had matches or a cigarette lighter. Two of the boys, ages 10 and 13, were interviewed later by police and a fire investigator. A third boy, in his teens, wasn't at home when they went back to talk to him. [...]

Well, it was certainly a showy blaze. We were coming back home about six last night (after having to go get Oldest some reeds for her clarinet) and as I passed over the Interstate, off toward the west there was a long bright line heading up the ridge over in the distance. I thought at first that it looked odd, and thought it might be street lights that I had never noticed before. As we got back around to our neighborhood high atop Talladega Hill, I could see it a bit better and it sure looked like a fire, you know, with the bright yellow light and the smoke at the top, but I still wasn't quite sure what could have been going on, until I flipped on the news and they were reporting it.

Anyway, I imagine there are some boys who are going to be in some big trouble.

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