|Occurred : 6/29/1995 22:45 (Entered as : 6/29/95 22:45)
Reported: 7/1/2000 01:13
Location: Mankato, MN
|Ball lightning phenom
On my girlfriends birthday so I'm sure of the date. I originally thought that the object was a crashing aircraft that may hit me judging from it's descent path so I slammed on my brakes and killed my engine. (Foolish, I know) Object displayed no engine sound but did may have made a slight electrical crackling sound. It descended over a small lake in front of me, I was driving a suzuki samuri(Jeep) so I was able to observe it without glass in my line of sight. Object displayed lighting effects on surrounding trees similar to lightning but in a steady stream. Object continued to approach in my general direction untill it was about midway over the lake and in my estimate about 55 feet over the water. I held my arm strait out with fist to estimate size and at its closest(largest)it was covered by 1/2 with my closed hand. Object definately made a wooshing sound (similar to a flag in high wind) apon leaving and exited at a tremendous speed. I do not believe object was a craft but may have been an example of "Ball Lightning" Though I have read everything I could about the subject science does not seam to understand it. I believe that it was repelled by its proximity to the water, And I would like to know if this has been reported before. Object approached at an aproximate 40 degree angle and left at an aproximate 45. I can not be certain whether object retreated from me or dissipated so quickly that it appeared to retreat. Object was white in color similar to a strobe light or lightning flash with some orange.