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Ball Lightning Phenomena

Naturevolume 115page640 (1925) | Download Citation



AT dawn on the morning of the last day in 1924 there occurred in the neighbourhood of Aberystwyth, in Cardiganshire, a thunderstorm of short duration but of unusual violence, and people were alarmed at what they saw and heard. News reached me that a “ball of fire” had been seen during that storm at a village called New Cross, some 4 miles south-east of Aberystwyth. On hearing this I went over to interview the observers. I found three at once; Mr. and Mrs. Pugh and Mr. Morgan at the inn. Mr. Pugh's attention was first attracted by a terrific noise. On looking out his bedroom window what he saw he described as “falling lumps Of fiery material” and as a “scattering of fire as from a centre” about level with the ground, and, apparently, not far from the house. The house shook, and the effect was alarming. The three did not venture out for half an hour after the event. At Penywern, a farm-house near by, a window pane shown to me was cracked by the explosion.

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  1. Llys Teg, Pont-rhyd-fendigaid, Cardiganshire



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