Mistook mosquito swarm for church fire

 
Mistook mosquito swarm for church fire
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In 1674 citizens in the German town of Bad Hersfeld put heaven and earth in motion after discovering what they thought was thick black smoke over the city's church.

"Fire, fire, the church is on fire," cried the people in shock and disbelief at the sight of the big black cloud. The panicked villagers fetched buckets of water, ladders and other equipment to extinguish the fire. The Church had to saved at all costs.

But to make a long story short:

The church was not on fire. Far from it. What the city's residents thought was smoke, only proved to be a huge swarm of mosquitoes, flying close the church.

In 2003 a bronze monument was unveiled to immortalize the ancient incident in the town which today houses 30,000 inhabitants, and which has given the residents the nickname "mosquito stormers."

The monument is made by the local artist Georg Roth, showing five people who rush toward the church carrying buckets full of water, while almost in panic staring at the church.

When the monument was unveiled tourism chief Sigurd Koch told the German newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau that the statue shows that residents in Bad Hersfeld manages to laugh at themselves.

Mayor Hartmut Boehmer then told that there are two aspects of the statue.

- On the one hand it tells the story of a charming blunder. But on the other hand it tells of the citizens enormous eagerness to do something for the city.

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