Researcher Stan Gordon
8 and 8:30 p.m. on the night of October 26, 2008,
residents in Westmoreland County, southeast of Pittsburgh,
reported observing an odd brilliant light show in
the sky, which some observers felt was not related
to thunderstorm activity. I also have received observation
reports from as far away as Somerset County in Pennsylvania,
and into Ohio.
first reports I received were from the Mount Pleasant
Township area. Later reports came in from various
other areas of Westmoreland County, including North
Huntingdon Township, Greensburg and Latrobe.
initial reports from Mount Pleasant Township, described
an intense flash of white light which lit up the sky
in all directions. The flash lasted only a fraction
of a second. Observers felt certain that this was
no lightning bolt. The exact position of where the
flash was originating from could not be determined
since all sections of the sky were illuminated.
The sky was very clear and full of stars. There was
absolutely no thunder or other sound heard at the
45 seconds to a minute later, after the initial flash,
another brilliant flash lit up the sky just like the
first. Then as though the timing was synchronized,
the same flashing effect occurred about two more times,
then suddenly ended. Once again, no sound of thunder.
It appeared to the observers that this was a very
close event, and they would definitely
have heard thunder.
witness described the flash as, "a blinding light
up." That witness told me that she was so disturbed
by what she saw, that her first impression was that
our country was under attack. She quickly turned on
the television to look for any breaking news reports.
another report from Latrobe, a witness looking west,
described the flash as looking like a giant spotlight
beam of light, which was very bright. Other reports
also indicated flashes to the west of Greensburg.
National Weather Service Office in Pittsburgh has
confirmed, that an arctic front was coming through
western Pennsylvania that evening between 8 and 9
p.m., and thunderstorm activity was being reported.
It is quite likely that some people did see lightning
associated with those storms. Some witnesses however,
are convinced that what they saw was not storm related,
and they are seeking an explanation for the sky phenomena
which they observed.
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