The "ball" made no course changes, just traveled in a straight line about 3 feet off the ground.
It struck him square in the chest and blew his shirt off of him.
During a summer thunderstorm, I was sitting in the living room near the large sliding glass door to the balcony.
I've always liked storms and was enjoying the frequent lightning, when suddenly a ball of electricity emerged from the frame of the sliding door perhaps 5 feet from where I was sitting.
I could never work out what it was until someone told me of that there was a moron friend of his going around talking about some ball lightning he had witnessed, it's a shame they cannot be recreated.
Karl On November 15, 2011 I had a very unusal experience.
One of the first scientists to experiment with thunderstorm electricity (even before Ben Franklin) was killed by BL.
I was alone with closed doors, my window also closed but the curtains were open.
The ball was a little larger than a baseball and appeared white with a yellowish tinge.
It floated out into the center of room and seemed to hover just above the floor, lasting no more than 30 seconds before it disappeared with an audible pop.
It had been raining and storming most of the morning and then there was some calm in which I felt it was okay to run into town to do some errands.
Upon returning home and just after turning onto a county road, I was probably no more than 250' down the road when (simultaneously I believe) a deafening crash of thunder and a tremendous bolt of lightning hit on the side of the road approx. I somehow knew this and instinctively ducked my head downwards as I kept hold of the steering wheel because I felt that the car was going to be hit.