Alabama, burning? Ardmore woman says she spots ‘burning cross’ in front yard

ARDMORE, Ala. (WHNT) – As racial tensions still smoldering in Ferguson, Missouri continue to reverberate through the entire country, a North Alabama woman says she saw a flaming symbol of intolerance way too close to home for her comfort.

20-year-old Caitlyn Dover of Ardmore took this photo of what she says is a burning cross Thursday night on Highway 251 south. (PHOTO: Caitlyn Dover)

20-year-old Caitlyn Dover of Ardmore took this photo of what she says is a burning cross Thursday night on Highway 251 south. (PHOTO: Caitlyn Dover)

An Ardmore woman says she spotted a burning cross in plain sight on a well-traveled highway. She says only 18 miles from the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan in Pulaski, Tenn., unfortunately the sight is not as farfetched as most would like to believe.

Caitlyn Dover, 20, says she took this cell phone photo Thursday night on Highway 251 south. She believes what she saw was a burning cross.

Dover was on her way home from a friend’s house around 10 p.m. when she says she saw a frightening glow.

“I looked to my right and I noticed something on fire and I looked again and I looked a third time and I just couldn’t believe it.”

After receiving Dover’s photo through email we, of course, approached the claim with necessary skepticism. But our interest was further piqued when we pulled up to the home were Dover took tho photo and smelled soot in the air.

No one was home to answer our questions about the five burn piles of ash in the front yard.

One of five front yard burn piles at the home where Caitlyn Dover took a photo of what she says was a large cross aflame along the highway. (PHOTO: David Wood, WHNT)

One of five front yard burn piles at the home where Caitlyn Dover took a photo of what she says was a large cross aflame along the highway. (PHOTO: David Wood, WHNT)

A neighbor who would not agree to speak with us on camera vouched for the homeowner saying he was a good, Godly neighbor who had simply been burning stumps in his front yard.

“It couldn’t be misconstrued as anything other than a burning cross,” Dover demands.

She said her photo, though blurry from her frightened haste, proves it.

The Limestone County Sheriff’s office and Ardmore Police say they received no calls about the ostensible cross burning. But an Ardmore Police officer told us, “It does look like a cross on fire.”

Dover says it made her feel like she had woken up from a 50 year nap.

“Hate. That’s the only thing I think it entails, is hate – I don’t want people to think that’s what the town I live in and the own that I love is all about,” says Dover.

Not only does she say she’s still in shock – she calls the sight mortifying.

“Oh, I am absolutely embarrassed. I’m ashamed that people on Facebook when my friend uploaded the picture, were saying, ‘Oh, that’s just Ardmore – that’s nothing new.’ I’m just in complete awe this is going on in 2014.”

According to Alabama law desecration of “venerated objects” in public is considered a misdemeanor. Such objects include the American flag, the state flag, or “any other object of veneration by the public or a substantial segment thereof” to include crosses or crucifixes.

12 comments

  • B

    Yes. Let’s add gasoline that the racist fire that’s already spreading from Ferguson. I can’t believe WHNT would air this story with nothing more that fuzzy photo to back it up. The assumptions made in the story are a serious slap in the face to man who lives there!!!
    And as already stated, why would this man burn a cross in his own front yard for everyone to see. I hope you story doesn’t end in people terrorizing the homeowner and vandalizing his home!!

  • soldier

    thats a stump and not just one stump but 5 the man has burned in his own yard and on his property. its amazing how it can look like one thing and be another with a cheap cell phone at night. stop stirring up hatred lady…you are a liar.

  • Red

    Correct me if I am wrong about this but… it’s only an “ugly message of hate” if a cross is burned in the yard of someone you are trying to frighten or intimidate. If you do it yourself in your own yard, it can only likely be classified as “improper disposal of trash”. If the symbol of the cross is what bothers you, then you need to reevaluate for yourself what a “symbol” is precisely.

  • soldier

    look closely at the picture. do you see how the light from the fire reflects off the cars tail lens creating several red orbs of light in the camera lens. it happens with cheap cell phone cameras at night trying to focus at a distance with shaky hands. lady you are a liar and you are the hater. the light that looks like fire above the burning stump is reflection off another object from the burning stump. the appearence of a cross is the railing of his porch. find something better to do lady. stop lying. your mad cause the guy is burning stumps.

  • Bill

    I wish I would catch somebody(s) setting up a cross in my yard to burn. I have plenty of lead for these Klansman or wanna-be Klansman; and I mean plenty of Fire Power! I am ready to “Stand My Ground”. “Bring It”

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