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Viral Video Depicts a 'Mysterious' Black Ring In Sky Above England


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Messages featuring video footage of a strange black ring floating in the sky above Leamington Spa in the UK suggest that no one can explain the ring's origin.

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Brief Analysis

At first, the ring did indeed have experts baffled and the footage has generated a lot of speculation and debate. A flock of birds was suggested, as was a swarm of insects. A host of 'spooky' supernatural explanations were also put forward. Some, much more plausibly, claimed that the ring was smoke from a blown transformer. Later reports suggest that the ring was caused by fireworks, which were being tested in the area at the time.

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Detailed Analysis

A video, which depicts a rather bizarre looking black ring floating in the sky above Leamington Spa UK, has been circulating rapidly, generating a good deal of debate and speculation as it travels.

Messages that circulate with the video claim that the footage was captured via iPhone by a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl. They also claim that nobody can explain what the ring actually is.

A number of theories quickly emerged. Predictably, some more wide-eyed commentators suggested witchcraft, alien invaders or other wacky supernatural explanations. More grounded folk tentatively suggested that the ring may have been a tightly grouped swarm of insects or flock of birds.

Others maintained that the ring was likely a smoke ring generated by a blown transformer. Given that the ring very closely resembles other such smoke rings caused by blown transformers, this is a very credible suggestion.

However, according to the BBC, the ring was most likely caused by fireworks. In an April 15, 2014 article the BBC notes:

The eventual answer came in the middle of Tuesday afternoon when a statement from Warwick Castle confirmed that they had been testing fireworks.

A Warwick Castle spokesman said they had been trying out 'fire effects' to go with the daily firing of the Trebuchet Fireball - a giant catapult.
'We've seen a number of different effects, including the vortex images that have been reported,' the spokesman said.

So, nothing spooky or supernatural and the ring is not a sign of impending alien invasion.



Last updated: April 17, 2014
First published: April 17, 2014
Written by Brett M. Christensen
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