Mysterious black smoke ring appears in Moscow sky, prompting speculations


2nd April 2023 – (Moscow) A strange phenomenon was witnessed in Moscow on 27th March when residents heard a loud noise and noticed a massive black smoke ring slowly rising in the air. The sight sparked heated debates among netizens, who speculated that it could be a weapon test or a large explosion.

Anton Gerashchenko, an advisor to Ukraine’s Interior Minister, shared a photo of the black smoke ring on social media, asking his followers for their opinions. The image showed a huge black smoke ring floating above the city, refusing to dissipate. The video of the incident has garnered over 2.7 million views, generating a buzz among netizens.

Some netizens have questioned if it was an explosion or a result of weapon testing, while others have jokingly suggested that it was an alien invasion or an interdimensional portal. A Twitter user, claiming to be a retired soldier, recounted a similar incident when he was serving as an engineer during a large-scale explosion test.

This is not the first time such a phenomenon has occurred. In 2014, a similar event took place in Royal Leamington Spa, a town in England. A high school student captured a black smoke ring above Warwick Castle, which floated for about three minutes, causing a commotion.

People speculated that it could be a weather phenomenon or the result of a swarm of insects or birds. However, all such assumptions were denied by the local meteorological department. Later, it was speculated that the incident was caused by testing fireworks before the celebration of Warwick Castle’s 1100th anniversary.

Although the exact reason behind the black smoke ring in Moscow remains unknown, scientists have come up with some theories to explain such phenomena. According to experts, these black smoke rings are called vortex rings and are formed when a sudden release of air or gas creates a smoke ring.

The vortex rings are visible when smoke, dust, or steam particles are trapped in the vortex. They can be created during the testing of explosives, chemical reactions, or when a volcano erupts. The phenomenon is caused when a large amount of air or gas is expelled suddenly from a small orifice, creating a smoke ring that moves forward and expands.