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'Meanwhile' is a collaborative blog about all the crazy stuff on the Internet. Here, reporters from various Tribune desks tell you what you (almost) need to know about topics ranging from technology to YouTube sensations. Contributors: Michael McFall, Dave Newlin, Matt Piper, Brennan Smith, Erin Alberty. Edited by Sheena McFarland.

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Crazy electric fireball is like real-life sci-fi movie

Warning: This video contains explicit language.

It’s hard to tell what’s going on at first, which probably makes it more ominous: a woman’s voice yells "It’s coming!" as lights flash and an electric buzz grows louder and louder.

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In the video above — posted to YouTube Friday — the sounds and flashing light culminate seconds later with a pulsing blue "fireball" that moves slowly along a power line in Lachine, a borough of Montreal. It’s a bizarre scene that several people observed in the comments section is closer to "Back to the Future" than anything most of us ever see in real life.

The video’s description includes no information about what could have caused the fireball, but The Daily Dot combed Reddit for answers. According to an "electrical line technician in training," the fireball is an electrical arc possibly caused by a combination of a lightning strike and faulty protective devices. The arc also travels against the flow of electricity, according to the redditor.

But whatever it is, the blue fireball is a wild and frightening scene.

— Jim Dalrymple II



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