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Smokey Haze

I’d heard there was a marsh fire out east, but we didn’t smell anything until Monday morning. By the time I left for work, I was surprised to see the streets of Mid-City were shrouded in gray smokey haze. It was bad enough that I wore a bandana over my face as I rode to campus.


When I got up to my office on the fifth floor I could see the smoke extended as far as the eye could see.


I guess the wind changed direction or something because it cleared up later in the day. Tuesday morning was also clear, but by mid-day it was smokier than ever.


The smokey haze reminds me of my encounter with Joe Horn last Monday at WWL-TV.

Joe Horn at WWL-TV

He was cooking up something and the studio was filled with a smokey haze. The difference was, his haze smelled good. The smoke from the marsh fire smells nasty. In fact it’s sending people to the hospital.

In this morning’s paper I read that the area on fire is twice the size of City Park, which is mind-boggling to me. City Park is 1300 acres.

I see NOLA Defender beat me to the obligatory Neville Brothers reference but neglected to post a video, so… enjoy.

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  1. tilly terwilliger tilly terwilliger

    thanks, editor b. i didn’t know about folks actually going to the hospital over this, but as they say: misery loves company. that constant stench made me sick to my stomach monday. i’m acclimating now but it really angers me that i *have* to acclimate.

    appreciate the pics, too.

  2. HK HK

    I watched hat Neville Bros video……..was fun to watch, but mainly just made me a bit sad to see how vibrant and funky Papa Art was 15 years ago compared to now.

  3. Garvey Garvey

    @HK: If he had gotten worse between age 35 and 50, you’d have a point. But c’mon, now, the guy is 74.

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