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Great Balls Of Fire Leave Eyewitness Thunderstruck!

ballsWho doesn’t love an early summer thunderstorm? Hell, add unidentified aerial phenomenon into the tempest and it’s a recipe for awesome footage. Each time lightning strikes, brilliant balls are illuminated in the vicinity of the bolt. The proposition of ball lightning is understandable, but this anomaly usually occurs close to the ground.

Last January, some eggheads at the Northwest Normal University in Lanzhou, China made some weird findings regarding the formation of ball lightning under controlled conditions. They observed material on the ground becoming plasma after a strike, moving 15 meters before vanishing.

spriteIt’s always fun to ponder the possibilities behind these events. Could those be alien craft, briefly lit by the flash? Baby sprites and jets frolicking amidst the storm? The possibilites are endless. Dig the video for yourself.

Whaddya think? Give your two cents on our Facebook page, at Twitter, or in the comments below!

Chris Savia
Contributor and admin at Who Forted?, in addition to managing the social media and weekend news for The Anomalist. Chris caught the weird bug as a kid, boning up on New Jersey legends, the occult, and forteana. Chris lives near the Pine Barrens with his wife, six cats, and the Jersey Devil.
Chris Savia
Chris Savia

3 Comments

  1. Ken Summers

    06/16/2014 at 4:56 PM

    Interesting!! I have to agree with what he said on the video. Ball lightning moves (which is why people have reported it crashing through windows in the past), and these objects honestly look almost stationary as if they’re illuminated by the lightning flash. But as far as what they are… nope, totally clueless here!

  2. Slippery Jim

    06/21/2014 at 8:47 AM

    Possibly birds in flight lit up by the lightning as it strobes making them appear stationary?

  3. Matt Brady

    07/24/2014 at 9:10 PM

    It looks like it may just be lightning bolts that are partially obscured by the clouds so we just see these small balls peeking through. But I’m not entirely convinced of my own explanation:(

    Otherwise I wouldn’t dismiss ball lightning. It is still a big ? in science.

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