On the evening of November 18, 1986, an occurrence happened in eastern Pennsylvania at a security facility where I was working. This is the first time I have mentioned this because of the adverse publicity for both the facility and myself.
A co-worker and I were working the second shift stationed at the outside security building. This was a windy, rainy night with some distant heat lightning. Al and I were having a metaphysical discussion about reincarnation and karma. We were facing each other about six feet apart. A light bulb to the right of me on the wall suddenly grew dim, made a cracking sound, and then went out. The room dimmed and the building shook. I heard a loud cracking sound in my face and head. There was a strange pungent sulfur smell in the air. Both of us felt disoriented.
I made a phone call to the main command center 300 yards away and underground. The officer in charge asked what was going on out there; the county emergency center had just called and asked if we needed any emergency vehicles. The boom and the sound of the explosion were so strong and bright that they were worried about us, an outpost.
The inside command center officer told me that he needed an incident report. How do you write a report about something you cannot explain or in actuality did not witness but did experience. (Later I found out all the paperwork and records for that time period were somehow “misplaced.”) Two trained observers left dumfounded and disoriented.
An officer stationed about 100 yards away in a stone, colonial, well-constructed farm building made the following statement to me the following day. He said: A streak of lightning went past the security building on the west side. It appeared to miss the building. The area lit up with a brilliant radiant white light blinding the entire area, then turned orange and returned to normal.
As this was happening I was knocked off my chair and to the floor by the sudden shock. The area shook as though an earthquake had occurred. I am retired from the U.S. Army after 30 years in the radar field. The only other time I experienced such a blinding radiant light was during a military nuclear test.
The next day he checked the security building and area and found no apparent damage or signs of burn marks etc. He said he has gone through many electrical storms but none like this one. The farmhouse lost power temporarily, and then had a temporary surge of power before returning to normal. The only reasonable explanation I have is that sometimes during a storm of this intensity, an electromagnetic field is formed in the middle—which we were apparently in—and saved us.
He went on to state that he absolutely did not believe in UFOs or anything paranormal. After the occurrence both Al and I had a change in personality. Al said he had become more aware of people and events, felt more spiritual and picked up more vibrations from his surroundings. We lost touch with each other several months later. I also became more psychic and aware, although I began to suffer from a multitude of medical symptoms and conditions. I started sessions with a naturopathic physician who used hypnotism. After several sessions the doctor felt I was ready for deeper hypnotism. He took me under as deep as possible and to the November 18, 1986, date and time. I was in a lot of pain; he could see that in my face and features. I could not recall anything. The doctor said I was being blocked by something very powerful and I would remember someday when I was supposed to know what.
Sometime later the following thoughts occurred to me: Sulfur is not smelled when a light bulb burns out. A light bulb gets brighter first, and then burns out. Lightning strikes down, not horizontally. Thunder rolls and bangs; was this actually lightning? We did not fall on the floor and did not see light through closed eyelids. What caused my consciousness, health, and psychic facilities to increase? — Ron Nagy, Lily Dale, NY
Ron Nagy is an author and historian whose books Precipitated Spirit Paintings and Slate Writing: Invisible Intelligence can be purchased at the FATE Store.