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Vince's Dangerous Dream - Or Was It?

It was an ordinary day, but a long jet-black cloud with a kind of shine to it drifted toward our home. As it came close to our garage, the edge of it dipped down to joined the region of the garage just below the roof's edge. Unexpectedly, a small flame appeared, spelling doom for the garage.

I rushed in to call my father outside, but he did little more than gape at it, so I ran in yelling to my mother, "Quick, call the fire department!" Confused at first, she did as I asked, while I ran back outside. The flames were considerably greater when, suddenly, a flame appeared in the tall evergreen trees just a short distance behind the garage.

No fire department, no fire department. I explained to my father that the cloud appeared to develop from acid and hydrocarbon fumes in the atmosphere developing an electric charge, which discharged upon touching the garage, thus striking "electrical ground". Then I woke up.

I thought to myself, could this scenario, this dream, not conceivably occur scientifically, given the right conditions? Shades of the Outer Limits.

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MegL wrote on November 1, 2022, 2:38 PM

With your background in chemistry VinceSummers , It could certainly be a possibility, especially with air pollution?

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VinceSummers wrote on November 1, 2022, 4:32 PM

That's kind of what I was thinking, although to be honest, all humans on earth would likely have been long gone first.

lookatdesktop wrote on November 1, 2022, 10:56 PM

Wow, that sounds incredible. Thanks for taking time to email me and share the link to your article, Vincent. :)