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Once a year, toward the end of October, a mystery takes over the river and sky at Thailand’s Mekong River. For longer than the oldest resident can remember, the river lights up with hundreds to thousands of fireballs which can shoot over 300 feet in the air.

The fireballs are bright red and can be so small you can just barely see it or they can be as big as a basketball. The fireballs gently rise in the night air into the heavens where they are no longer visible.

Due to the timing of the fireballs each year which happens during the Buddhist celebration commemorating Buddha’s return as Naga, the sea serpent, most devout Buddhist believe that the fireballs signify Buddha honoring the end of Vassa.

Scientists have, for years, held on to the explanation that either oarfish in the water or swamp gas, which is the buildup of methane that finally releases into the air with a burst of fire, is what the Naga Fire balls really are. Neither of these opinions solve the mystery, and may only add to it, since the Naga Fireballs happen only once a year at the same time. So science, good guess, but this one needs a bit more work to be considered solved.

 

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Are these Fireballs Coincidence or Heavenly Intervention?

Are these Fireballs Coincidence or Heavenly Intervention?

 

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