Mount St. Helens erupted 39 years ago today

Mount St. Helens erupted 39 years ago today
MOUNT ST. HELENS, WA - NOVEMBER 8: Cars travel toward the Clearwater Ridge visitors center on State Route 504 in view of Mount St. Helens November 8, 2004. Activity on the mountain continues as the new lava dome has grown to over 300 feet high. (Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images)

May 18 marks the anniversary of a day that devastated Spokane and surrounding areas.

It was on that day in 1980 that Mount St. Helens erupted, darkening the sky with ash that settled over eastern Washington.

WSP Trooper Jeff Sevigney shared pictures from the day of:

I was only 3 1/2 at the time but I can still remember that day in 1980.

The troopers that worked the road have some stories to tell for sure. #MtStHelens

— Trooper J. Sevigney (@wspd4pio) May 18, 2019

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