Type of Spiritual Experience
The majority of what Jenny is decribing is 'real' , in that the high seismic activity in the earth is produces changes in the telluric currents and a considerable amount of electricity - acting like static electricity. But this in turn appears also, from her observation, to be producing hallucinations too - 'odd sightings'
A description of the experience
Jenny Randles – Supernatural Pennines
In autumn 1981 there was an interesting outbreak of lights in the Todmorden/Rossendale area. At Weir on 15th October, for example, the glows were seen to spark off electricity pylons and then drift into the sky as if electrical energy was leaking into the atmosphere through the conduit.
At Walsden near Todmorden a witness and her dog sensed a strange charge in the air and looked up straight at a hovering glow that split apart and shot in different directions – one section towards Bacup, another towards Rochdale.
And in April l982 the same moors around Todmorden were subject to a three day ‘flap’ when all sorts of odd phenomena were reported. Lights, dubbed ‘a disco in the sky', were seen on 17th, 18th and 19th April. Many locals went into the hills to watch these aerial displays that appeared from cracks in the ground.
Just as at Walsden they were seen to split in two and ‘repel’ one another across the sky. One sky-watcher returned to town from a trip up the hill with all the fuses blown in his car as if a power overload had occurred. Local street rights dimmed then brightened again during the appearance of these lights.
There were no sightings on the night of the 20th April, but something else occurred on that afternoon. A loud explosion filled the sky and the ground shook. This was later traced to a small earth tremor on the Craven Fault, a split in the rocks that crosses this hyperactive part of the Pennine window.