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Re: Lightning Strike With Ball Lightning

From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac.nul>
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 12:12:45 -0500 (EST)
Archived: Wed, 19 Dec 2012 07:04:34 -0500
Subject: Re: Lightning Strike With Ball Lightning

>From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
>Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 11:59:20 +0700 (GMT+07:00)
>Subject: Lightning Strike With Ball Lightning

Interesting ball lightning story.

I have one also, told to me by my grandmother.

She said when she was a little girl in Nova Scotia she was
caught in the barn one summer day by a fast moving thunderstorm.
Rather then get wet running to the house she decided to stay in
the barn with the farm implements, one of which was a hay rake
with many curved metal tines held in a wooden framework,
designed to be pulled by a horse.

As the storm raged there was one exceedingly noisy nearby
discharge and to grandma's surprise (And horror?) a small
glowing ball drifted in through the open barn door. This ball
hit the nearest tine of the rake and made a small "bing" sound
like a little bell. Then it proceeded to the next tine and did
the same. Over the space of seconds (don't know exactly how
long) this glowing ball went "bing, bing, bing, etc., tine by
tine to the end of the rake, reversed itself and "binged" back
to the first tine, bounced off that and exploded.

Grandma decided that the glowing ball was a greater threat then
the rain outside and ran to the house as quickly as she could.
She told me this story in the 1960's when she was in her 60's.

Many years later, estimated as 1947, she saw two round shiny
objects pass through the sky of Greenfield, Massachusetts. They
traveled rapidly westward and made an abrupt right turn and
headed northward and off into the distance. Grandma was not an
aeronautics or physics expert, but she knew that objects don't
make right angle turns. She told me this story at the same time
she told the ball lightning story.

So, now that ball lightning is a 'legitimate' phenomenon,
although not yet understood, should I believe her BL story and
reject the other?

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