Denna Smith was with her family at Kings Dominion, an amusement park just north of Richmond, Virginia, when she saw and took a video of a UFO: a perfect black ring in the sky. Kings Dominion says that the ring is a result of smoke coming up off of its roller coaster Volcano: The Blast Coaster. Denna Smith does not agree.
When she saw it, she thought, “Is this the end of the world? What is going on?”
Denna Smith, who is a writer that aspires to working with Tyler Perry (“Medea Goes To Jail,” “Diary of a Mad Black Woman”) one day, said she couldn’t make this kind of stuff up. She told WAVY-TV, “Smoke usually looks smoky, cloudy … this was a perfect circle. This thing was lined up so tight like it was a cut in the middle of the sky.”
But a UFO investigator, Cameron Pack, told the station that he believes it is probably what Kings Dominion said it was — a black smoke ring. However, he is looking into the sighting and the video because of its similarity to a documented black ring sighting over Fort Belvoir (also in Virginia) in the 1950’s.
Denna Smith says she believes it is still “out there” and that it’s a sign from god. She said, “God gives you signs and I just feel like that was a sign. I’m not sure what that sign meant but it meant a great deal to my family because when we went home, we all got in line and prayed together. We were freaking out.”
UFO? Sign from god? Both? Neither?
Or is it just a simple smoke ring?
The amateur video, which was shot by Ryan Knowles, can be found with Smith’s story on CNN. A close inspection of the video leaves the viewer no better informed than Denna Smith or Cameron Pack. It would seem that a smoke ring holding such a tight formation reaching that height would be nearly impossible, but, if the day was relatively void of wind, then such a intact composition just might be possible.
A video of slightly over a minute of footage can be found on YouTube. The longer video seems to show the ring showing some elasticity and loosing its perfectly circular shape, the drawing back into a perfect circle.
The black ring is definitely a UFO. It so far is an unidentified flying object, or, to be more accurate, an unidentified floating object.
But is it a sign from god? A smoke ring from god? Perhaps.
Maybe god wants the planet to stop smoking. In that case, the smoke ring should have appeared over China. Since China is by far the world’s largest coal-furnace polluter, however, the difficulty would have been selecting a spot for people to see it. Because it’s really difficult to see anything through smoke.