A swarm of locusts covered Detroit yesterday, raising fears that Chicago could be next.
Michigan authorities sent out drones to spray pesticides over the city to prevent damage by the swarm, which numbers about 50,000 locusts, said a spokeswoman for the City of Detroit.
The locust alert comes on the eve of the bankruptcy of Detroit. “First there was the collapse of the auto industry, then there was the financial collapse and the bankruptcy of the city and now… locusts,” said longtime resident, Jimmy Bellicort.
According to the Bible, a huge swarm of locusts was the eighth of 10 plagues God imposed on Egyptians to persuade Pharoah to free the ancient Hebrews from slavery. Many believe that Detroit is similar to Egypt and that the locusts are just the beginning of several plagues that will overtake the city.
“We are doomed!” said Alvin Johnson, who lives on Six Mile.
Locusts can have a devastating effect on buildings and car factories said the Mayor of Detroit, Dave Bing.
“[The locusts] may not have ruined Pharaoh, but they will not ruin us,” said Bing.
Locusts are known to move with the wind, and the swarm was swept westward from the Middle East.