Back in March, a story ran in a Texas newspaper about an Apache helicopter seen dumping a white chemical in Burnet County.
You can view that original story at this link.
I recently received this e-mail from a Texas reporter:
"Hello. My name is Andrew Griffin and I am a reporter for the
Waxahachie Daily Light in Waxahachie, Texas (30 miles south of Dallas). I did
a story several days ago for the Daily Light concerning Mark Atwood (former
resident of Ennis, here in Ellis County) about the Apache chopper sighting he
reported in Burnet (Texas) Bulletin, which subsequently received a lot of (alternative)
press in Texas.
I spoke with him one afternoon and did a story which has yet to run. I thought you all might be interested in the story I wrote."
Hill Country Reporter Stumbles Across a
By Andrew Griffin
Waxahachie Daily Light staff writer
BURNET - Black helicopters, conspiracy theories, strange, gritty, white powder falling from the sky. In Burnet, Texas, it's becoming business as usual.
It was on March 3, that Ennis native Mark Atwood, managing
editor of the Burnet Bulletin published a story concerning a report of a black
helicopter spotted flying over Burnet and releasing an unknown white powder
on residents below.
The concerned resident, Richard Wruble of Burnet, contacted
Atwood at the Bulletin and asked for him to investigate the black, unmarked
Atwood grabbed his camera and soon found the Apache
flying away from Burnet.
"Zoom lenses are a beautiful thing. By the time I got to it, it was pretty far away. We were able to blow up (the photo) on Adobe Photoshop and put it in the paper," Atwood said.
Atwood, who was a former editor at the Ennis Daily News
in the late 1980s, said since the story ran he has become Burnet County's reluctant
authority on conspiracy theories.
"Before i did the story, I thought the term "New
World Order" was just a professional wrestling organization," Atwood
said, adding, "Now I have heard every conceivable conspiracy theory that
the government is spraying some sort of bio-toxin which breaks down the white
blood cells, to NASA tests, to foreign troops being let loose here in our grea
state. When I ran taht story, I really had no idea what I had gottenn myself
In the past two months, Atwoods 'quirky and innocent'story
has gone national. From Internet sources to interviews on texas radio stations
and from the television programs "Hard Copy" and "Sightings."
"There is not a five-day work week that goes by
that I am not getting a phone call from someone wanting to interview me about
this chopper. Around the office it is sort of an inside joke," he said.
However, to some of the residents of the town, it is
not a joke. In Atwood's original story, the white powder fell onto the Wruble
family truck and damaged the paint job. Atwood said he decided to investigate
the story further, especially after he had a follow-up sighting.
"I talked to Ben Santos at Fort Hood and asked him about these Apaches. He basically told me that 'our Apaches are designed to blow up tanks,not spray.' I have also been told that no Apaches from Fort Hood were in or around Burnet that day. They have also said that they weren't their Apaches. So far no one has claimed it," Atwood said.
Atwood did find out that a lot of training missions from Fort Hood do fly over Burnet County, but what was sprayed over that Hill Country community continues to remain a mystery - a mystery that Atwood said probably is not as sinister as one might imagine, because Atwood has had Apache helicopter sightings since the original story ran.
"I have not personally witnessed any helicopters spraying anything, although I did see one about 100 feet of the ground on the outskirts of town ... I have to say that even if I was the most pessimistic, conspiracy-minded person in the world, I really don't think there is anything to this particular incident," he said.
Atwood said the March 3 issue of the Burnet Bulletin has sold out.
"We don't even have a copy for the morgue. Everyone wanted a copy ... of course they wanted it simply for that story," Atwood said with a chuckle.