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Friday, February 18, 2011

Ball Lightning: Salina, KS 1919

In the early evening of October 8th, 1919, a "ball of fire as big as a washtub floating low in the air" hit a building, ripping out bricks and destroying a window on the second story. It then exploded with a report a correspondent likened to a gunshot, "filling the air with balls of fire as big as baseballs, which floated away in all directions."

Some of the Ball Lightning followed wires and powerlines as one might expect, but others simply floated away "independently of any objects near by [sic]." One ball hit an electric switch box, blasting it open and plunging the east side of Salina, Kansas into darkness.

© C Harris Lynn, 2011

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