Actually the latest and best-received theory I know of is that ball
lightning and other similiar things are actually a chemical reaction
produced by very thin strands of silicon. I read about it in New
Scientist several months back. They are still testing the theory, but
it seems to explain everything.
P.S. they are completely natural phenomena produced by lightning-
caused changes in the soil/ground.
> In a message dated 6/30/00 8:12:48 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> << Although all the major countries denied that they were the ones
> producing the green orbs called foo fighters during WW II, it doesn't
> take much to realize that even if we were producing those lights, we
> would not admit it and probably the same would be true for any other
> country. >>
> We were probably never producing those plasma phenomina. The geophysics of
> planet earth has likely been producing ball lightning for 4 billion years.
> Piezo-electric effects seem to accomplish the task. What's the big deal?
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