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Published February 22, 2017

Strange Appalachia: 5 Unexplainable NATURAL Occurrences In The Southern Mountains  [Page 2]

2. Brown Mountain Lights – Blue Ridge Mountains

The strange glowing orbs creating a paranormal light show on the nightly silhouette of Brown Mountain also date back to early settlers and even the indigenous people who lived here before that. In short, these odd apparitions have been occurring for as long as North Carolina can remember — with no explanation.

I’ve sat atop Wiseman’s View, wrapped in a blanket, watching the giant shadowy outline of Brown Mountain. Reddish orbs flashed across the dark silhouette. Cherokee believed the orbs were the souls of Cherokee women, who were searching for their beloved husbands who died in a bloody battle on that haunted ground. Later, American settlers told stories of a woman who was murdered by her husband, and reckon the lights are her angry spirit looking for revenge.

As with the Seneca Guns, scientists have explored this naturally-occurring, but mysterious and spooky phenomenon. The current theory: The lights are will-o-wisps, created by swamp gas, or a release of electricity caused by the slow movement of the nearby fault line. However, none of those have been confirmed.

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