May 27 in San Antonio history…
Frank Penicka was driving his car more comfortably today, after a Ft. Hood demolition team removed a 75-mm high explosive shell head from his car. He spotted the bright object along the road, put it in his car trunk and drove to the Courthouse where the deputies identified it as a live shell.
This morning, 18 year-old Raymond Johnson of 7121 Gulf Trail awoke to find that a thief had stolen his 1964 Chevrolet. Johnson, an employee of the Reptile House at the San Antonio Zoo, had three diamondback rattlesnakes and seven iguanas in sacks in the back seat of the car. “I don’t care much about the car, but I don’t want to get sued by someone bitten by a rattlesnake,” he said, adding that the reptiles would be very hungry by this time.
The same day as the Jarrell F5 tornado, wind gusts of 55 mph are recorded at the airport and a gust of 122 mph is observed at Kelly AFB.