Published on Oct 4, 2018
Mystery as eerie black rings appear in the sky around the world – including the UK – sending UFO hunters into a frenzy UFO expert believes the bizarre circles are a 'smoke vortex' while others believe it's evidence of alien visitation MYSTERY surrounds an epidemic of sinister black smoke rings that have been forming in the sky across the world. The freaky phenomenon dubbed as “smoke vortexes” have been appearing in remote spots in Russia's Siberia and the American Midwest - with the latest one being spotted right here in the UK. Kimberley Robinson and her roofer boyfriend Danny Cooper were stunned to look out of their car window to see this black smoke ring floating ominously in the sky The surreal sight is straight out of the 2016 film Arrival where visiting aliens use the circles to communicate. Kimberley Robinson, 22, was driving down the M62 near Birkenshaw with her boyfriend Danny Cooper, 26, when they noticed the creepy black mark in the sky. Full-time mum Miss Robinson described the circle as "the weirdest thing I have ever seen". She said: "Me and my boyfriend were driving today and noticed a black flying ring in the sky. "It looked a bit smokey but the shape was a solid ring. "We hadn't ever seen anything like this before do we have looked into it and no one knows what it is." West Yorkshire Fire Service say there had been no reports of fire at the time of the sighting on Sunday just after 1.30pm. A similar black ring caused a sensation last year when British schoolgirl Georgina Heap recorded a video of the phenomenon on her smartphone. The "Black Ring of Leamington Spa" was eventually traced to a fireworks test at nearby Warwick Castle. Yet another pyrotechnic test created the same sort of black ring over Florida in 2013. A nearly identical smoke ring, sighted over Chicago in 2012, was attributed to an electrical transformer that blew up. Creating smoke vortices generally requires a blast through a circular structure — perhaps from a factory smokestack, or a homemade trash-can smoke ring launcher, or a hippie-dippie apparatus specially designed for the job. Check out this 2008 video from the Burning Man festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, with "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" as accompaniment, and then ask yourself whether the Black Ring of Shortandy still looks so mysterious. The mystery of a creepy black 'smoke ring' hovering over the M62 in West Yorkshire appears to have been solved. Drivers were left baffled by the strange apparition on Sunday afternoon. The local fire service could offer no explanation, nor weather experts. There were fears the sinister shapes resembled black smoke trails left by 'Death Eaters' in the Harry Potter series. But now author and UFO expert Nigel Watson believes he has the answer. He told MailOnline: "It is the byproduct of cannon fire at a battle re-enactment at the nearby Yorkshire Wartime Experience." Is it a "portal to hell," or witchcraft, or just a puff from a smoke machine? A black smoke ring that was caught on video floating over northern Kazakhstan certainly looks eerie, but it's far less mysterious than the Internet buzz makes it out to be.