WSOY From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2622 times:
So, the readership here is a pretty large body of people, so I thought some of us might have seen one personally. Uncles and aunts from the countryside may have related their stories as well. Feel free to share any details on the encounter of this as yet unexplained natural phenomenon.
May I start it off with one published story that took place in Finland. Some people had been building a barbed wire fence. They had already erected the stakes and unreeled some of the wire along the future line of the fence when they had to take cover from a sudden spell of thundery weather. During that, a fireball is suddenly observed approaching thumbling and fizzling intensely along the wire laid on the ground. When it reached the still reeled part of the wire, the fireball started circulating and still fizzling "trapped" inside the reel, and shortly after the mythical visitor terminated its own existence with a loud bang with no great damage done overall.
But, unfortunately not all fireballs are as harmless as the one above, many lives have been known to be lost to the fireball.
Seb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 14032 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2557 times:
I saw one once last autumn. I was putting some pizzas in my car to deliver and I saw a bright green streak that went to the west. A few other people in the parking lot saw it too. About an hour later, news reports said it landed in the hills south of Hillsboro, but, I don't think anyone has found the actual rock.
HPLASOps From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2551 times:
I saw a friend get lit up during a drunken barbecue. Used a little too much lighter fluid and got a huge fireball in his face. Had to go to the hospital - nothing too serious just some mild burns and lost a bit of his eyebrows. Scary stuff to look at though.
Thom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11963 posts, RR: 41
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2541 times:
Last fireball I saw came out of a helicopter with an unlucky start up at work a few weeks ago.
I have seen ball lightning too though. Last summer when I worked in a record shop, it was a warm summers evening. Out of nowhere came this black cloud and covered the sun. Heavy rain and thunder followed, and in the distance I could see "bolts" of lightning slam against the ground. The wall of sound from the thunder was massive, and made the shop windows vibrate dangerously.
Shop has never been busier than on that evening...
"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
WSOY From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2518 times:
Thanks for the fireballs so far, but ok, I should have written "ball lightning", "ball of thunder", my mistake. Here's more:
"Ball lightning discharges were once thought to be extremely rare occurrences, but recent research shows that a few percent of the US population have been witnesses (Uman). Ball lightning is photographed very rarely, and details of witness accounts can vary widely. Many of the properties observed in ball lightning accounts conflict with each other, and it is very possible that several different phenomena are being incorrectly grouped together. The discharges can appear during thunderstorms, sometimes issuing from a lightning flash, but large numbers of encounters occur during good weather with no storms within hundreds of miles. Ball Lightning tends to float (or hover) in the air and take on a ball-like appearance. The shape can be spherical, ovoid, teardrop, or rod-like with one dimension being much larger than the others. The longest dimension observed is between fifteen and forty centimeters. Many are red to yellow in color, sometimes transparent, and some contain radial filaments or sparks." http://www.tagate.com/thunder/page/ball_lightning.shtml
Surprisingly - there seems to be no photo (yet) of the natural event.