Hundreds of people in a small town in Kazakhstan saw a huge mysterious black smoke ring float over them for fifteen minutes before disappearing. A video was recorded and uploaded to the Internet. With evidence like that, you’d think an explanation or at least a government denial would be released quickly. Yet days later there’s no word on what the smoky apparition was and that has Kazakhs fuming.
According to witness Oleg Menshikov , the ring appeared over the small town of Shortandy.
It was like a black cloud. We saw it at around 4 pm on April 3. It dissipated like smoke, but it was completely odorless.
Physics professor Andrey Solodovnik from Northern Kazakhstan State University estimated the ring’s size at 100 meters in diameter and its altitude at anywhere from 200 meters to a kilometer.
With no official explanation for the ring, speculation ran from an unusual weather pattern to fireworks to exhaust from an alien spacecraft to a cloud of flying insects or bees to a volcanic plume (this actually does happen but there was no active volcano nearby) to a portal to hell (my favorite).
A similar large black smoke ring was reported over Warwickshire, England, in April of last year.
Many at that time pointed out that a truck at the annual Burning Man festival makes smoke rings. However, those dissipate quickly while the ones over Shortandy and Warwickshire held their shapes for many minutes. That characteristic probably rules out factory emissions and thermal microbursts (falling masses of warm air) which also break up quickly.
The most famous smoke ring UFO photographs were taken by a U.S. army private at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, in September 1957. That ring was eventually attributed to a controlled explosion simulating an atomic bomb blast that Fort Belvoir was known to conduct. The blackness of the ring was said to have been caused by diesel fuel.
Is Kazakhstan, which borders both Russia and China, simulating atomic blasts? There’s a conspiracy theory I don’t want to touch.
So what caused the ring over Shortandy? Fuming residents want some answers.