February 27, 2024

Lundar, Manitoba, Canada

Lundar, Manitoba, Canada, 7/8/20

U.P.R.I.S.I.N.G case report
Author; Nath Lockley
Sighting time and date; 12:42am 7th August 2020
Location; Lundar, Manitoba, Canada
Witness name/s; Miranda Atkinson, Crystal Wilson

In August 2020 Miranda told me about an experience she had had recently and I offered to make a case report. 

Sighting details 

In the early hours of 7th August 2020, Miranda Atkinson and Crystal Wilson were lying in a truck box outside Miranda’s home looking up at the night sky, while their husbands Joel Atkinson and Aaron Kushniryk were talking on the opposite side of the truck. 

Google Earth view of the street

It was a very calm still night with little to no wind. There was a thunderstorm to the north west and lots of lightning was visible off in the distance, although no thunder could be heard. 

While Miranda and Crystal were looking up star gazing, a “huge white ball, that appeared bigger and brighter than the full moon” streaked across the sky right above them, from North west to South East.

While Miranda and Crystal were looking up star gazing, a “huge white ball, that appeared bigger and brighter than the full moon” streaked across the sky right above them, from North west to South East. 

Miranda described the ball as “bouncing up and down, like a basketball”. The object “bounced” in front of them for about 5 seconds and then shot out of view leaving them both shocked at what they had seen. Both Miranda and Crystal had seen the object at the same time, asking each other “did you see that?”. Unfortunately neither of their husbands had seen anything. 

The object didn’t make any audible noise and there was still no thunder sounds coming from the storm nearby. 

Unfortunately, due to the sudden appearance and disappearance of the object, neither of the witnesses were able to get photo or video evidence. 

Sighting analysis; 

I can only imagine how weird this would have been to see directly in front of you.

The lack of sound rules out drones/helicopters and the bright light and bouncing behaviour rules out balloons and lanterns etc. The fact that the light seemed to come from the same direction as the storm and appeared as a bright light would make lightning the most likely culprit. But the storm was still quite a distance away, so that lowers the chances. 

I searched for any other cases of similar sightings and one explanation that fits most of the descriptions would actually make this sighting rarer than a ufo. This is because the theory behind what it could be is still scientifically unproven. But with the fact the thunderstorm was in the distance, it made the “ball lightning” theory feasible. 

According to reports going back to the 1600s, ball lightning can appear from a few centimetres all the way up to a couple of metres in diameter. It has even been reported to have appeared inside houses and aeroplanes. 

It is also said that ball lightning is attracted to metal objects, which in this case could have been the truck the girls were lying in.
As far as the science behind ball lightning goes, the jury is still out. Much like UFOs, there are hundreds of sightings with photograph and video evidence and yet scientists still argue over its existence. 

As for this sighting, without more information or evidence, I can’t rule out more simple explanations OR much stranger explanations. So this case will have to stay unexplained and unidentified.