Go Back Report # 1461


Text bolded by me (CF)


     A SINGULAR PHENOMEN0N. —During the severe thunderstorm which passed over North London on Tuesday a peculiar phenomenon was witnessed in the grounds of the Welsh Harp, Hendon, by some gentlemen boating on the lake. A vivid flash of lighting was succeeded by a tremendous peal of thunder, a great ball of fire descending from the sky into the water. When the storm had abated, over a hundred fish of various kinds, including two fine carp weighing together 23 lb., were found floating dead on the lake.


Reference for the above text is: Newspaper – Nottingham Evening Post [Nottinghamshire, England], dated 16 September 1880, p. 3.

My reference: E-mail from Ole Jonny Brænne to Magonia group and me (CF) dated December 12, 2011.


NOTE: The phenomenon observed in this news clip could just as well be interpreted as ball lightning except that ball lightning has not been seen larger than 12 inches in diameter. Therefore, I feel that “a great ball of fire” is more in the UFO area of interest, and the dead fish fall in line with other cases of that nature (CF).




Europe – United Kingdom, Hertfordshire

North London – see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_London  for an explanation of this area.

London            Latitude 51-43-00 N, Longitude 000-17-00 W (D-M-S) [section of populated place]

Hendon         Latitude 51-36-00 N, Longitude 000-13-00 W (D-M-S) [seat of a first-order administrative division]

Reference: http://geonames.nga.mil/ggmaviewer/


Welsh Harp      Latitude 51-34-12 N, Longitude 000-14-49.2 W [Brent Reservoir- see following URL for name change]

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brent_Reservoir




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