Friday, March 28, 2008

from Popular Lectures on Science, 1846

(from table on page 540)

April 14-15, 1718—Three globes of fire three and a half feet in diameter. They destroyed a church.

March, 1720—A globe of fire struck the earth and rebounded. After the rebound, struck the dome of a tower and set fire to it.

1770—Three globes of fire issued from low clouds, and suddenly disappeared without any explosion.

1772—A globe of fire oscillated for a long time in the air over the village, on which it fell vertically. It destroyed the houses on which it fell.

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