23 February 1740, Toulon, France
Rising purple globe plunges, releases balls of fire
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During the night of 23 to 24 February, people saw a purple "globe of fire" that rose gradually and then appeared to plunge into the sea, where it rebounded. Reaching a certain height, it blew up and spread several balls of fire over the sea and the mountains. It made a sound like that of a violent thunderclap or a bomb as it burst. The witnesses reported the event to the Marquis de Caumont.
Reference for the above text is: Wonders in the Sky, by Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck, pp. 253-254, © 2009.
Original reference: Histoire de l'Académie des Sciences, 1740.
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Europe – France. Body of water is the Mediterranean Sea.
Toulon Latitude 43-07-00 N, Longitude 005-56-00 E (D-M-S)
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