6th July 1757 - unidentified falling object near Salisbury

July 6. — A ball of fire from the clouds fell among the horses in camp near Salisbury, and bounded along the ground, which so affrighted many of them that they broke from the pickets and ran from the downs into the neighbouring villages[1].

The Salisbury Journal reported the fireball as landing on the 20th July:

On Wednesday Morning a Ball of Fire fell from the Element among the Horses in Camp, and bounded along the Ground, which so afrighted many of them that they broke from the Picket and ran from the Down into the neighbouring Villages[2].


[1] Full text of “Wiltshire notes and queries”, URL: https://archive.org/stream/wiltshirenotesq02deviuoft/wiltshirenotesq02deviuoft_djvu.txt

[2] Newspaper Transcripts, URL: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~dutillieul/ZOtherPapers/NewSWJ25Jul1757.html