An illumination so brilliant

In Symons’ Met. Mag., 29-8,¬†appears the account of brilliant light accompanying an earthquake and the sound of an explosion. It happened on Jan. 25, 1894 at 9:30 p.m., 20 miles west of Hereford at Llanthomas and Clifford. Half an hour later, near Hereford and Worcester, an earthquake was felt (Nature, 49-325). Symons’ Met. Mag. also records that at Stokesay Vicarage in Shropshire, occurred “an illumination so brilliant that for half a minute everything was almost as visible as by daylight.”

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p. 476 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Unknown aircraft over Dover

Throughout January 1913, newspapers in England and Wales reported sightings of an unknown airship with lights on it. Reports began in the London Times on Jan. 6 (also London Standard, Jan. 24) that an unknown airship had been seen over Dover, and the lights of an airship had been seen over the Bristol Channel. An object was reported in the sky of Cardiff, Wales, by the chief constable of Glamorganshire, about five p.m. (London Times, Jan. 21). The next day, other reports followed throughout Cardiff of something brilliantly lighted. Reports speak of something like a searchlight.

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p512-513ff (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Twenty-five bright flashes

About twenty-five bright flashes in rapid succession were seen in the sky of Cardiff, Wales, on Nov. 25, 1916, according to Arthur Mee in Eng. Mec., 104-239.

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p521 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).