‘Eternal’ Flame Goes Out on Live TV

LiveLeak, January 19, 2012

A US TV station has captured the moment an ‘eternal’ flame at Martin Luther King Junior’s grave went out on live television—just as the country celebrated the human rights pioneer’s 83rd birthday.

The unexpected hitch happened when an evening news reporter from station WXIA-TV was doing a live cross from outside the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta.

The anchor was describing the activities lined up to celebrate the Martin Luther King Day holiday, but just as the camera panned over the eternal flame it suddenly extinguished itself.

A short time later the flame was re-lit and burning again, the UK’s Daily Mail reported the TV station as saying.


The company which supplies gas to the flame, Atlanta Gas Light, has reportedly had trouble keeping the flame burning since installing a new cauldron in 2009.


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  • Joe6pak

    Instead of relying on the goodwill of the hardworking American taxpayers wouldn’t it be more apropos for the King family to ask Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez for some Citgo energy assistance in keeping the Marxist MLKJ flame lit?

  • Anonymous

    Let’s also remember that the week of the dedication of the MLK JR memorial in Washington DC, there was an earthquake and a hurricane. The event was canceled and scheduled for a later date.

  • Forgot to pay the gas bill, did we?  I suppose this thing will qualify for a LIHEAP grant.

  • Oil Can Harry

    The eternal flame should remind us that King’s black supporters burned down over 100 US cities back in the 60s.

  • I knew that if I saved this sucker, it would come in handy some day.


  • Anonymous

    Now only if his myth would burn out.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe, just like race hustlers’ indignation and demands for justice, the flame is just turned on the tv cameras.

  • Link please.

    • Pelayo

      Just google the Kerner Commission report and its Wikipedia or go straight to Wikipedia.

  • Let’s hope that someday this “light” goes out for good.

  • Frank

    I promise somone will say it was put out by whites.

    • I can just see it now, Atlanta will tell them it was mechanical but they’ll swear up and down it was sabotage!

  • JPF

    I must admit that was a bit comical.  As it being some kind of ‘sign’, I hardly doubt it.  The idea of MLK’s eternal flame being forever extinguished would be alright with me though.  No loss there.

  • Blacks and Whites have a symbiotic relationship, in that black prosperity (i.e. the fire), is fueled by White guilt. Only when Whites are freed from the burden of this guilt, will this (taxing) fire be extinguished. 
    This is why, unless something drastic changes, we’re going to be hearing about the evils of slavery, segregation, ‘black face’ performances etc. for hundreds of years after these events took place.