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Lightning struck his metal mast, and witnesses said that a ball of fire flew out and struck him on the forehead, killing him instantly.For more info see the American Physics Society web site. Goodwin's site for a story from 1638 when BL killed four in a church.The ball was a little larger than a baseball and appeared white with a yellowish tinge.It floated out into the center of room and seemed to hover just above the floor, lasting no more than 30 seconds before it disappeared with an audible pop.It had been raining and storming most of the morning and then there was some calm in which I felt it was okay to run into town to do some errands.Upon returning home and just after turning onto a county road, I was probably no more than 250' down the road when (simultaneously I believe) a deafening crash of thunder and a tremendous bolt of lightning hit on the side of the road approx. I somehow knew this and instinctively ducked my head downwards as I kept hold of the steering wheel because I felt that the car was going to be hit.As I got closer to it, it looked more like a bubble or ball, it was a see through blue and in the middle it had redness to it and it was bobbing slightly up and down moving at a humans walking pace.It was near the power-line and moving slowly away from it.
I was alone with closed doors, my window also closed but the curtains were open.
One of the first scientists to experiment with thunderstorm electricity (even before Ben Franklin) was killed by BL.
In 1752, Georg Wilhelm Reichmann attempted to reproduce one of Franklin's thought-experiments.
I could never work out what it was until someone told me of that there was a moron friend of his going around talking about some ball lightning he had witnessed, it's a shame they cannot be recreated.
Karl On November 15, 2011 I had a very unusal experience.