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Today in continued signs of impending doom, snakes are falling out of trees and frightening the children of Adams Morgan. The trouble started in Walter C. Pierce Park on Thursday morning, according to an D.C. police listserv email noted by PoPville:

When the snakes fell they scared the children, and everyone fled. This was in the playground area. I responded but found no snakes. I caught one small enough to fit inside an empty water bottle I had. It was probably a black rat snake. They are indigenous to trees and the warm weather is drawing them out.

The black rat snake isn’t venomous, so the children weren’t in any danger. Still, that playground is reportedly built on top of thousands of bodies, so don’t rule out supernatural intervention just yet.

Photo by furryscaley used under a Creative Commons license