Sometimes referred to as angels, ghosts, or UFO’s, science still struggles to explain what causes these brilliant objects.
Laboratory experiments can produce effects that are visually similar to what science calls “ball lightning,” but it is still unknown if they are creating the same phenomenon.
In 2002, the Missile Defense Agency financed Dr. Paul Koloc’s research, hoping to harness the power associated with the light into an EMP bullet that could take out enemy missile systems. As far as we know, he was unsuccessful.
Though the true nature remains unknown, public sightings and photographs document these usually harmless spheres.
They have been known, however, to explode, sometimes with fatal consequences, leaving behind the odor of sulfur.
View dramatic photographs capturing this phenomenon: