Serbia…shooting hail since forever

I debated posting this one but I figured you’d all enlighten me a little. There’s a chance I’m wrong and I learn something new, and new knowledge is never a bad thing. There’s also the chance that my suspicions are correct, in which case I’ve learned a new depth of naivete.

Two days ago, I was working on my homework when I heard it. Pat. Pat. Pat. Pat. Pat. Boom. Pat. Pat. Boom. Boom. Gunfire. It was so loud and so close to the house that I was convinced there was a shooting in the area. A friend even texted me to ask if I heard the sound. She lives 4 blocks away.  The noise was unmistakable. I called the school, which is only 5 minutes from the house and asked if there was anything happening. They had no idea what I was talking about. These are sounds you typically don’t hear in Canada. It was definitely unexpected and I was terrified.  Unconvinced that nothing was happening,  I raced over and picked the girls up from school. I was the only parent who did this but maybe it’s because I was the only parent who never experienced this… sound invasion… before.  From the time I first heard the sounds to the time I picked up the girls, 3 Serbians explained what the noises where: the government was shooting down hail so it doesn’t damage the tomato crops.  Military drills I would totally understand. Countries do that. Countries that are not participating in the nearby NATO exercise in Poland ( might also want to flex their muscles, as in a “you show me yours, I’ll show you mine” display of might.  This would also be believable. But shooting down HAIL? I quite literally choked out, “this is what you actually BELIEVE?”  Not one, but three people had the same explanation. I wondered which Serbian newspaper came up with it.

The next day, I heard the sounds again and went out of the house to record it. Have a listen. I’m definitely interested in hearing your thoughts.

Author: S.L.Luck

Writer of fiction, non-fiction, and stories in between.

One thought on “Serbia…shooting hail since forever”

  1. Similar to the “seeding” they do in the US to try to make it rain in dry conditions. Usually more of a boom but I guess it depends on the caliber of the ammunition


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