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Mysterious flash in Russia caused by a UFO?

An intensely bright flash of light illuminated the night sky in Stavropol, a city in southern Russia, on Tuesday, March 17 at approximately 12:30 a.m.

Video of the mysterious flash was recorded by a motorist’s dashcam. The video shows a flash of blueish-white light in the distance that persists for three to four seconds.

No sound was heard in connection with the explosion of light. But the flash did reportedly scare several witnesses.

(Credit: RT)
(Credit: RT)

Russian media outlet RT reports, “Local residents have come up with various theories to interpret the incident – military exercises that are currently taking place not far from the scene, faults in the electricity net, Northern Lights, an asteroid and even UFOs.”

The unidentified flash allegedly “made some streetlights in the city go out, while being accompanied by the flickering of lights inside apartments and houses.” According to RT, power engineers have ruled out any issues with power supply lines. And the local Hydrometeorological Center concluded that the flash “can’t be attributed to nature.”

The city of Stavropol. (Credit: Google)
The city of Stavropol. (Credit: Google)

So what was it that silently lit up the night sky, interrupted electricity, and startled residents in southern Russia? Experts surmise that the flash originated on the ground. So if the source of the flash was an alien spacecraft, it either crashed quietly, or was doing something on the ground to cause the flash.

For now, locals are in the dark as to what caused the mysterious flash of light.

Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

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  1. I saw the same kind of phenomena in the early 80s driving into Atlanta shortly after dawn. The entire horizon momentarily lit up with a whitish-pink flash of light, no sound either before, during or after. Clear day, no rain and it didn’t look like any lightning I’d every seen. I remember thinking maybe it was a bomb of some sort, but there was no sound and no smoke. My boyfriend, who was at the wheel, didn’t see it and none of our friends in Atlanta reported anything odd when I told them what I’d seen.

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