Ball lightning  

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Ball lightning is an unexplained atmospheric electrical phenomenon. The term refers to reports of luminous, spherical objects with diameters varying from pea-sized to several meters. It is usually associated with thunderstorms, but lasts considerably longer than the split-second flash of a lightning bolt. Many early reports say that the ball eventually explodes, sometimes with fatal consequences, leaving behind the odor of sulfur.

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