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Re: Burning Gas In Tornadoes Causes Many UFOs?

From: bruce maccabee <brumac@compuserve.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Jul 1998 23:21:58 -0400
Fwd Date: Sat, 04 Jul 1998 13:19:22 -0400
Subject: Re: Burning Gas In Tornadoes Causes Many UFOs?

>From: Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk (Stig Agermose)
>To: updates@globalserve.net
>Date: Thu, 2 Jul 1998 03:24:36 +0200
>Subject: Burning Gas Inside Tornadoes Cause Of Many UFOs?

>Thanks to The Press (New Zealand). URL: >


>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


>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.

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.

This explanation hasn't got the chance of a snowball in hell of
being correct.

There may have been a UFO sighting in the presence of a tornado,
but I am not aware of one.

Kaikoura is an area on the East Side of teh South Island of New
Zealand, some 50 or so miles north of Christchurch. These
sightings have resulted in publication of reports in the journal
called Applied Optics.

The following material was emailed to the newspaper:

Dear Editor,

I have read your report of the new tornado/gas theory of UFOs.
The author of the book which reports this theory implies that it
is applicable to the famous Kaijoura sightings of December,

I did the most thorough investigation ever done of the Kaikoura
sightings of December, 1978. I published several papers on it in
the 1980's. There was no tornado around. The idea of seismic
activity causing glowing lights was proposed soon after the
sightings. The explanation made no more sense then than it does
now nearly 20 years later. The two lighted objects which for
which there was the most film (16 mm color movie) were simply
too intense and of too long a duration to be glowing gas.
Moreover, the second of these pulsated at a steady rate with the
image changing from bright white that overexposed the film to a
dim triangular arrangement of lights with two red lights side by
side and an orange light above at the apex of the triangle. This
has been reported in the Journal of Scientific Exploration,
Volume 1, #2, of 1987. This is the publication of the Society
for Scientific Exploration (SSE) which recently publizedth
results of an independent panel that reviewed the UFO situation.
One conclusion of the panel was that UFO sightings deserve more
scientific study. The panel concluded there was no conclusive
evidence of ET presence based on the sightings they reviewed.
However, the Kaikoura sightings were not among those reviewed.
It is possible that their conclusion would have been modified
somewhat had the full New Zealand investigation results been

Yours truly,

Dr. Bruce Maccabee