Go Back Report # 585







Text unrelated to what happened at the lake has been omitted here. (CF)




A ball of fire in Long Lake.—Remarkable phenomenon.


     A storm of great fury visited Winsted and vicinity on Saturday [the 4th] afternoon, and much damage was done. A barn owned by Munroe Wilcox was struck by lightning and entirely destroyed; loss $3,000, no insurance.

     A most singular scene was witnessed on Long Lake during the storm. The lake is three miles long, and is divided into three bays. The storm was the fiercest here, and the wind blew a hurricane. About 3:15 a vivid flash of lightning lighted up the scenery, followed by a terrific peal of thunder. The wind by this time was blowing with cyclonic force. Suddenly there came a roar, and far down the lake a huge flame of fire could be seen. The water for yards ahead was parted, as though by a gigantic plow, and the billows seemed to rise at the sides of this furrow for fully twenty feet. The ball of fire appeared to force the water aside, and so deep did it go that the bottom of the lake could almost be seen as it passed through the narrows. The parted waters, with their singular propeller, advanced toward the head of the lake with great rapidity. When within one hundred yards of the shore there came another flash of lightning, and the fire disappeared as suddenly as it had come. The residents along the lake who witnessed this strange phenomenon were greatly alarmed. They insist that the ball of fire was fully ten feet long, and half of the mass appeared to be buried in the waters of the lake. It was many hours before the waters of the lake became calm. No explanation is offered for this remarkable performance.


Continuing unrelated text omitted here (CF)


Reference for the above text is: The Hartford Times, August 6, 1888, page unknown.

With thanks to Ole Jonny Brænne for the news clips sent by e-mail dated Tuesday, March 27, 2012.


Note: If this was a meteor, it was very strange in three respects. 1) It was still glowing as it ran through the water, whereas most meteors lose their luminescence in the lower atmosphere as they slow and cool. 2) In “plowing” the water, it would imply contact, which would extinguish most of any glow, and 3) “The water for yards ahead was parted, as though by a gigantic plow” which to me indicates the presence of a UFO field.  –CF-        



UFOCAT URN – NONE The Hartford Times, August 6, 1888, page unknown

UFOCAT URN – NONE The Hartford Courant, August 8, 1888, p. 4

UFOCAT URN – NONE St. Paul [Minnesota] Daily Globe September 14, 1888, p. 2

UFOCAT URN – NONE  Coshocton [Ohio] Semi-Weekly Age, October 9, 1888            

UFOCAT URN – NONE International UFO Reporter, Summer 2003, Vol. 28, # 2, p. 8, “Proto-UFOs and Other Strangeness” by Jerome Clark

North America – United States, Connecticut   
Highland Lake  Latitude 41-54-21 N, Longitude 073-05-27 W (D-M-S) [Long Lake] [Litchfield County]
Winsted           Latitude 41-55-16 N, Longitude 073-03-36 W [Litchfield County]        
Hartford           Latitude 41-45-49 N, Longitude 072-41-06 W [Hartford County] [populated place]
Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=154:1:1765846258792399.        



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