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Black ring hovers in the sky over Kazakhstan

April 8, 2015 | Comment icon 38 comments

The ring was visible in the sky for several minutes. Image Credit:
Locals were left perplexed after the peculiar spectacle appeared above the village of Shorthandy.
The perfect circle of black smoke remained in the sky for several minutes on Saturday before gradually dissipating.

"It was like a black cloud," said village resident Oleg Menshikov. "We saw it at around 4 pm on April 3. It dissipated like smoke, but it was completely odorless."

Since appearing online the footage has been viewed over 200,000 times with Internet users speculating over what it could have been.
As it turns out however smoke rings like this are neither a unique nor unexplained phenomenon.

Last year a British schoolgirl caught something very similar, which was later dubbed "the Black Ring of Leamington Spa", on her phone. It was later revealed that the ring had been the result of a nearby fireworks test, as was another similar ring sighted over Florida in 2013.

Pyrotechnics aren't the only possible cause of these phenomena either - back in 2012 a ring spotted in Chicago turned out to be the result of an electrical transformer exploding.

While the exact cause of this week's smoke ring in Kazakhstan has yet to be conclusively determined, the chances are good that the explanation will turn out to be similarly mundane.

Source: IB Times | Comments (38)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #29 Posted by Podo 7 years ago
Forerunner scout from one of the Magellanic Clouds. Ah, I see. We're screwed. Better recall Infinity, we gon' need it.
Comment icon #30 Posted by quasar_kid 7 years ago
There's a town called Shorthandy?
Comment icon #31 Posted by XenoFish 7 years ago
I think the hollow earth is smoking a fatty. lol
Comment icon #32 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
Godzilla fart?
Comment icon #33 Posted by Sweetpumper 7 years ago
Shorthandy is known for it's impatient hookers.
Comment icon #34 Posted by bubblykiss 7 years ago
I have seen this before Kazakhstan Apple Wraiths, forerunners to a terrible Apple Cider Blight.
Comment icon #35 Posted by moon tide 7 years ago
People actually make them for fun, too, using a big blowtorch thing. [Too lazy to add link.]
Comment icon #36 Posted by George Ford 7 years ago
Hey, not fair, this is a double post, mine was 1st. although yours is much better and informative so delete mine mods please (
Comment icon #37 Posted by Torviking 7 years ago
They're choosing another Pope in secret.
Comment icon #38 Posted by stevemagegod 7 years ago
Probably Just america conducting secret tests since it borders next to iran.

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