Description: This is bizarre. A 16-year-old girl saw a giant black ring in the sky above England and captured it on video. After three minutes of floating around like a cloud, the black ring disappeared completely. So far, experts have no idea what it was.
The black ring appeared over Leamington Spa, Warwickshire in England and the weather experts are saying it doesn't have anything to do with the weather while the firefighters are saying there were no fires around the time of the sighting so, well, yeah. Everyone is confused.
Georgina Heap, the 16-year-old girl who recorded the video of the ring, told the Mirror:
I looked up at it and thought 'what the hell?', it was amazing. It was just floating there like a cloud and then it disappeared. It wasn't birds either.
The most logical explanation is that it's some sort of smoke ring (though who knows where it would come from). Or maybe it's a bunch of bees in a suicidal ritual. Or something out of Rust Cohle's imagination. No one knows.
Note: Black ring type phenomena are occasionally reported. In the above case there is no indication of dispersion which would be expected from a smoke ring. Listed below are some links to reports on this site of ring shaped "UFOs."
Note: (Updated April 17, 2014): Apparently the black ring was the result of pyrotechnics at Warwick Castle (see article below from Coventry, England Telegraph:
Theories have included a swarm of insects to a home-made smoke signal, but now it seems it was the result of a new pyrotechnic show being tested at nearby Warwick Castle.
A castle spokesman said: “As part of our 1,100th anniversary celebrations this year, we’ve been testing a number of fire effects to enhance our daily Trebuchet Fireball Spectacular show – the world’s largest firing catapult.
“We’ve seen a number of different effects including the vortex images that have been reported.”