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White Streak From A Tv Set

1975. Walsall, West Midlands, U.K.

N. Boynton and his mother were watching TV, when:

"In the run up to an approaching daytime thunderstorm when the air was 'heavy', and while watching television, a streak of whitish light approximately four inches (100 mm) thick came from the direction of the television straight into the body of the room at about head height between where my mother and I were sitting.
"It lasted for a fraction of a second. There was an accompanying crackling sound, with the television flickering and buzzing for a second or two. There was no evidence of damage to the television or anything else in the room. We were unaware of whether there was a lightning strike outside at the time."

The streak passed between Boynton and his mother, seated about 4 feet apart, and seemed directed toward the door of the room.

(Boynton, Neil; "White Streak from the Direction of a TV Set Prior to a Thunderstorm," Journal of Meteorology, U.K., 21:348, 1996. Journal address: 54 Frome Road, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, ENGLAND BA15 1LD)

From Science Frontiers #111, MAY-JUN 1997. � 1997-2000 William R. Corliss