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  One of the greatest April fool's pranks EVER, orchestrated by Porky Bickar  
     
 

From the Top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes of All Time in which Porky's prank was #16:
1974: Residents of Sitka, Alaska were alarmed when the long-dormant volcano neighboring them, Mount Edgecumbe, suddenly began to belch out billows of black smoke. People spilled out of their homes onto the streets to gaze up at the volcano, terrified that it was active again and might soon erupt. Luckily it turned out that man, not nature, was responsible for the smoke. A local practical joker named Porky Bickar had flown hundreds of old tires into the volcano's crater and then lit them on fire, all in a (successful) attempt to fool the city dwellers into believing that the volcano was stirring to life. According to local legend, when Mount St. Helens erupted six years later, a Sitka resident wrote to Bickar to tell him, "This time you've gone too far!"

Read more about the eruption here

 
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See the real 'eruption' photo here

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Read about Porky's Prank on the
Museum of Hoaxes, Item # 16
http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/

 
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