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Burning Gas In Tornadoes Causes Many UFOs?

From: Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk (Stig Agermose)
Date: Thu, 2 Jul 1998 03:24:36 +0200
Fwd Date: Thu, 02 Jul 1998 08:35:25 -0400
Subject: Burning Gas In Tornadoes Causes Many UFOs?

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>From The Press - July 01, 1998

Burning gas inside tornadoes 'cause of UFOs'


(Photo text: Researcher Peter Coleman demonstrates equipment capable of
creating ball lightning in the laboratory.)

A new theory advanced by a University of Canterbury scientist suggests
many unidentified flying objects are balls of burning gas trapped
inside tornadoes.

Researcher Peter Coleman said his theory, published in a book, Ball
Lightning: A Scientific Mystery Explained, could apply to the Kaikoura
UFO sightings of 1978 and 1979, the Tunguska explosion in Siberia in
1908, human combustion, and numerous types of mysterious lights in the

According to the theory, ball lightning is produced when natural gas in
the atmosphere is caught in a vortex, then ignited by an electrical
charge such as conventional lightning or static electricity.

"If you had a tornado and you had a flame inside you would expect it to
blow out but there is a property called vortex breakdown that allows
the flame to survive in this high air speed environment. The vortex
bursts and creates recirculation like an eddy in a stream which allows
reduced air flow or stagnant air.

"It is like turning on your stove," said Mr Coleman, who has
demonstrated the effect in his laboratory using a vacuum cleaner,
pipes, and a camp stove.

"I could see the unconfined flame dancing around inside the pipe," he
said. The phenomenon had been observed all over the world. "I have
never seen it myself but the prediction the theory makes is that it
would be seen where there is a high concentration of natural gas and
some electrical source."

Mr Coleman said UFOs are often reported near fault lines because gas
was likely to be released before an earthquake.

He said seismic activity recorded in Cook Strait at the time of the
Kaikoura UFO sightings may have triggered a release of gas.

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