Sunday, March 23, 2008

from A Journal of Natural Philosophy, Chemistry and the Arts, 1808

(page 84)

It happened on the 17th of September, 1780. The morning was very stormy, with rain, thunder, and lightning; and just at nine o'clock a horrid black cloud appeared, out of which Mr. Adair saw several balls of fire drop into the sea successively, as he was approaching a one pair of stairs window; very soon after which, he was struck by a most violent flash of lightning, the effects of which may be particularly seen by consulting the original account. But what more especially applies to the present purpose is, that multitudes on the seashore before the house saw the meteor dart in a right line over their heads, and break against the front of the house in different directions; and all agreed, that the form and flame exactly resembled an immense sky rocket.

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