The Brown Mountain Lights sighted in North Carolina’s Linville Gorge are prompting investigation. They may be “ball lighting,” according to astronomy professor Daniel Caton in “Mystery of the Orbs,” a report by Associated Press’s Tom Breen (Kansas City StarFebruary 27, 2012, A2). Similar lights have been observed for years in southeast Missouri, in the Crowley Ridge area around Dexter and Bloomfield, but seen primarily in the lower land cleared of cypress in the early 1900s. People living there were called “swamp angels.” The lights were called marsh gas, and were very common. They followed varying paths. My mother recalls one of them entering the open back window of a car one evening, traveling with her and the driver for a while, then floating on out the other window. No conversation. I would like to see one now, up close, but I don’t want to go looking all alone. I am so appreciative of the renewed interest and budding research.
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