Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Ball Lightning: The Paris Incident

Ball Lightning is rarely associated with death, though they do occur (and we've already detailed one of the more famous incidents, which wasn't directly the cause of ball lightning, per se, but fits our purposes). In one of the more spectacular incidents, which occurred in Paris in July 1849, Ball Lightning hit a house and three pedestrians.

According to reports, a red ball hovered approximately 20' above a tree during a lightning storm. The ball soon caught fire, then burst, spraying lightning in every direction. One bolt punched a cannonball-sized hole in a nearby house. The Ball Lightning continued spinning, though diminished in size, before exploding again. This time, the resulting offshoots knocked down three pedestrians.

© C Harris Lynn, 2011

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