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64,491. I looked up because I heard this noise getting louder and louder and it was just like a ball of fire; it was like orange in the middle and it was luminous white round. And it rolled right along the side of the wall in the cafe, and it came to the window and it came out the window. And I lifted up the weight to have a look to see what this thing was and the thing came up the window and battered across the front of my chest and then it well like vanished ... I was sore for days after it; just there was nothing else to see after it was gone, and it was just like a ball of fire. Jean Meldrum, Crail nr Fife, Scotland
64,492. All of a sudden the whole kitchen that I was standing in just well lit up luminous white. I couldn’t understand it. It was very frightening. And then the screaming went on until the beach was empty. The cafe people had all ran out of the cafe; they ran out like lightning. Evelyn Murdoch
64,493. I see right outside the screen in that direction this little ball of lightning – I didn’t know what it was. Why, it appeared oh the size of a basketball, maybe a little larger. The cover of it was like orange more or less. It had like a halo around the edges of it ... It came in, and I hid down, and when I did, this ball of lighting it fell to the floor, rolled around a little, exploded and made a terrible sound like a shotgun. Clara Greenlee, Sarah Greenly, Crystal River, Florida
64,494. This ball very characteristically floats through the air like this; the ball on the average is about a foot in diameter. Sometimes the people who say they’ve seen it, a yard in diameter, and there are some people who claim they’ve seen it say about the size of a walnut. It’s not very bright. About the brightness of a hundred watt lamp ... It’s said to make a fizzing buzzing noise. It lasts on the whole on the average about five seconds. Professor James Tuck, Los Alamos
64,495. There entered in at the west window of the church a dark unproportioned thing about the bigness of a football, and went along the wall on the pulpit side; and suddenly it seemed to break with no less sound than if a hundred cannons had been discharged at once; and therewithal came a most violent storm and tempest of lightning and thunder as if the church had been full of fire. John Stowe, Annals, 1596 church service Wells Somerset
64,496. As we were coming thro’ the Gulf of Florida on the 29th of August, a large ball of fire fell from the Element and split our mast in Ten Thousand Pieces, if it were possible; split our Main Beam, also Three Planks of the Side, Under Water, and Three of the Deck; killed one man, another had his Hand carried of [sic], and had it not been for the violent rains, our Sails would have been of a Blast of Fire. John Howell, sloop Catherine and Mary
64,497. Globular lighting seems to be particularly attracted to metals; thus it will seek the railings of balconies, or else water or gas pipes etc. It has no peculiar tint of its own but will appear of any colour as the case may be ... at Coethen in the Duchy of Anhalt it appeared green. M Colon, Vice-President of the Geological Society of Paris, saw a ball of lightning descend slowly from the sky along the bark of a poplar tree; as soon as it touched the earth it bounced up again, and disappeared without exploding. On 10th of September 1845 a ball of lightning entered the kitchen of a house in the village of Salagnac in the valley of Correze. This ball rolled across without doing any harm to two women and a young man who were here; but on getting into an adjoining stable it exploded and killed a pig which happened to be shut up there, and which, knowing nothing about the wonders of thunder and lightning, dared to smell it in the most rude and unbecoming manner. Wilfrid de Fonvielle, Thunder and Lightning 1875
64,498. It has been mistaken for UFOs, wreaked havoc on homes and eluded rational explanation for centuries.
But now ball lightning, a large, mysterious glow that appears during thunderstorms, has been captured on video for the first time.
Chinese researchers managed to accidently record the elusive glowing orbs during a thunderstorm in Qinghai when they were mapping radiation. Mail online article 20th January 2014 ‘Great Balls of Fire!’