Friday, January 28, 2011

Ball Lightning: The Death of a Researcher

According to Jerome Clark's well-researched Unexplained!, G.W. Richman was the first researcher to describe ball lightning in scientific literature. He also became one of its few recorded victims. In 1754, Richman was attempting to measure the energy of a lightning strike. Ball lightning formed from the electrodes of his equipment and floated toward his face, where it exploded with such a force that it killed him and knocked his assistant unconscious.

© C Harris Lynn, 2011

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