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Luminous ball of light filmed in Siberia

By T.K. Randall
August 4, 2016 · Comment icon 32 comments

Ball lightning is very rare indeed. Image Credit: YouTube / Roman Tregubov / Siberian Times
A witness has captured footage of what is thought to be a rare case of ball lightning on his smartphone.
The glowing sphere showed up above a field near Novosibirsk, Siberia's largest city, before slowly moving through the air and disappearing behind some nearby trees.

The phenomenon was filmed by Roman Tregubov, a graduate of the Novosibirsk State Technical University, who can be heard referring to the spectacle as "fireball lightning" in Russian.
"It's the first time I see one in my life," he said as he continued to film the orb. "It's going to move away. Lost it. Where it is? There is it. I wonder if it'll blow off soon. Yep, it blew off."

Ball lightning is an incredibly rare natural phenomenon which typically manifests as a glowing orb.

This appears to be one of only a few known examples of it ever captured on film.

Source: Siberian Times | Comments (32)

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Comment icon #23 Posted by Poppi 8 years ago
So, what happened? Did it explode or vanish, how big was it, did it make noise, did she get insurance to pay for it...anecdotal info is good. Who knows- maybe ball lightning could be associated with human combustion.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Sundew 8 years ago
Well, it was a long time ago and I was just a wee lad, but if I remember correctly it was about the size of a soft ball and it made a sizzling sound. I think there may have been a popping or explosive sound when it finally vanished, but I'm not certain. As for insurance, I have no idea. Probably not many policies specifically cover ball lightning, lol! I do know lightning can enter a house this way because I personally saw sparks come out of our wall receptacles in our basement when lightning hit our house and took an indirect hit as I had a hold of a radial arm saw. Felt like I was hit by a ... [More]
Comment icon #25 Posted by Chaldon 8 years ago
A common misconception, by the way. If it'd actually hit your house you'd get a hole in the roof and probably a fire. I observed the same thing in our house several times, at least until I put the surge protectors into the entrance combiner box. Lightning nearly always strikes the highest and closest object, no matter how conductive it is. Even on a plain a house is too low in comparison to the surrounding trees (if any, of course), and also too small in comparison to the area below the storm cloud. So it is rarely hit.
Comment icon #26 Posted by phantulum 8 years ago
Methane can burn blue and siberia has been having those sink holes made from underground methane. That looks a lot like a methane flame.  I'm not sure if I would be allowed to post a link but if you search under sink holes in SIberia you will see what I am referring to.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Chaldon 8 years ago
Those sink hole are very far to the north from there. I've been to Novosibirsk and it's not tundra around there at all, but agricultural fields and forests, even peat bogs are very scarce. Also, I don't think natural methane outburst can't be so huge, except for the infamous man-made "Gates of Hell" in Turkmenistan. And it burns yellow there, by the way, as its pressure is low.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Sundew 8 years ago
While I was not outside to see the strike, I can assure you that at the very least the energy from the bold did enter our house damaging the copper plumbing and shooting out of the electric receptacles. I saw no damage to trees after that incident, and at other times I have seen plenty of trees both hit and often killed in my yard, some right outside of a window. 
Comment icon #29 Posted by Chaldon 8 years ago
Yeah, then it really was a direct hit. Not a major one but indeed it was.
Comment icon #30 Posted by Finity 8 years ago
My Grandma is (was) the only person I've ever met that has witnessed a lightning ball personally and up close. She was quite young and in school at the time. She said it was extremely bright, passed right through a glass window, in to the classroom they were in at the time, and then back out again and floated off  Weird stuff.
Comment icon #31 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard 8 years ago
It has to do with the mystic power veil between realities.  When witnessing an event such as ball lightning, UFOs, bigfoot, and others, it causes problems with the human anatomy; using a camera makes things worse as recording such events violates the laws separating our dimensions and disrupting the flow of the aether.  It causes blurriness and shakiness, as well as other disorders such as patchy memory loss, prevents critical thinking, inflicts orifice probing (mainly with UFOs), experiences loss of time (related to patchy memory loss, as mentioned earlier), awakens the superstitious a... [More]
Comment icon #32 Posted by toast 8 years ago
- One day off - 1 pair of long johns - 80 cigarettes - 2 liters of Vodka - 1 smartphone - 1 (stolen) BMW X5 with Xenon lights  

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