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UFO. Russia

ID #1699967341
Added Tue, 14/11/2023
Author July N.

Initial data

Initial information from sources or from an eyewitness
Incident date: 
06.1955 14:00
улица Баженова, 1
Ryazanskaya oblast

Knyazeva Rimma Ivanovna writes to the commission on:

In July 1955, in the city of Ryazan, on the territory of a mental hospital (now it is Bazhenov Street, 1), on a rainy, stormy day, I saw a ball lightning. Somewhere around 14 o'clock I was carrying a large copper kettle with boiling water from the kitchen to the table, where my grandson, mother-in-law, and husband were sitting. The window was open. As soon as I crossed the threshold of the room, I saw that a huge fireball flew into the room through the window. I was stunned. Bending like a guitar, he flew between my body and the right hand with the kettle, became a ball again, flew around the table and flew out again into the window. She didn't touch me or those sitting at the table, they all saw it too. It was instantaneous, no one was injured in the neighborhood, and that's why we didn't tell anyone.

The house is blocky, detached, one-storey. And only now, when 24 years have passed, reading something, my husband and I remember, tell our son about our acquaintance with ball lightning, we are glad that it turned out well for us.


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Ball lightning

A rare natural phenomenon, a unified physical theory of the origin and course of which has not been presented to date.

There are about 200 theories explaining the phenomenon, but none of them has received absolute recognition in the academic environment. Since this phenomenon was introduced into the scientific sphere by the English physician and researcher of electrical engineering William Snow Harris in 1843, and a scientist of the French Academy Francois Arago in 1855, many hypotheses were put forward. Here are selectively some of them:


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