Mysterious ‘Dragon’ FIREBALLS Rise From River EVERY Year: The Naga Fireballs


In our modern world, we are currently caught
in a tug of war between those who believe in the supernatural and paranormal nature
of extraordinary events and those who seek to refute them by providing rational explanations
or placing these unusual occurrences under the microscope of scientific investigation. One example of an on-going debate between
believers and skeptics concerning a supernatural phenomenon is the controversial mystery behind
the Naga fireballs. And in this video, we will not be just talking
about what the Naga fireballs are and the tale surrounding this extraordinary yearly
manifestation; we will also shed light on the two sides fighting to gain supremacy over
this alleged paranormal occurrence. One side believes in the legitimacy of the
Naga fireballs’ magical wonder, while the opposing side has dared to unmask this phenomenon
as nothing more than a man-made hoax. But before we delve into the two sides that
are fighting over its validity as an extraordinary event, first we must briefly discuss what
the Naga fireballs are and the culture, mythology, and folklore this phenomenon had originated
from. The Naga Fireballs are the reported tens to
thousands glowing balls which spontaneously appear from and float above Thailand’s Mekong
River at night every year. According to those who have seen them, these
blazing balls of light emit a reddish color and their sizes vary from smaller bubbles
to bigger orbs as large as basketballs. Also referred to as “bung fai paya nak,”
“Mekong lights,” or the “Naga Dancing Fire Balls,” these fireballs shoot up from
the water and rise in the air as high as around 600 feet before dissipating completely. They ordinarily occur in the chilly evenings
between late October and early November along the 300-mile-long stretch of the Mekong River. However, there are reports that they have
occasionally surfaced in smaller ponds, rivers and lakes found within this region of Thailand. Reports of floating fireballs are not solely
unique to Thailand as many cases of similar fiery orbs have also been spotted in different
parts of Asia. However, it is in Thailand that the Naga fireballs
are celebrated as part of the “Phayanak Festival,” an annual event in the country
in which Buddha is greeted by the locals upon his arrival on Earth at the end of “vassa”
– the three-month Rain Retreat or Buddhist Lenten season. This usually takes place on the 15th day of
the 11th lunar month, and is held in October every year. The “Wan Ok Phansa” is the last day of
the festival and locals in Thailand celebrate the return of Buddha by gathering near the
riverbank to observe the fireballs rise from the waters, float up in the air, and then
disappear in the heavens. According to local mythology, the orbs of
bright red light that appear above the Mekong River each year are actually the exhaled breath
of the Naga or the “Phaya Naga,” which is a colossal sea serpent residing in the
riverbed and wakes up annually to observe the end of “vassa” or the Buddhist Lent. Although many have reported to have personally
seen the Naga fireballs arise from the Mekong River, there is still no universal agreement
over the possible cause of the phenomenon and the reason why it consistently appears
on an annual basis. Several theories, however, have been proposed
in an attempt to explain the extraordinary event, and some of them can be classified
as supernatural, natural or man-made. Given the mythological origin of the Naga
Fireballs, the obvious supernatural explanation of this yearly phenomenon is that the burning
red lights from the water of the Mekong River are indeed caused by a huge sea serpent living
in its riverbed. Of course, to support this theory, the existence
of the Naga must first be adequately proven. And so far, one of the proof presented by
those who believe in the existence of these magical sea serpents is a photograph featuring
around 30 American soldiers supposedly carrying a 7.3-meter sea serpent found in the Mekong
River back in 1973. Another proof supporting the supernatural
value of the Naga fireballs and the existence of the Naga itself can be found at a Buddhist
temple in Nong Khai City where fossilized bones of the mythical sea creature, such as
an egg and a tooth, are reportedly in display. Though they do not refute the possibility
that reddish balls of fiery light can actually rise from water, some insist on a more natural
explanation for the Naga fireballs. A popular explanation raised by these individuals
is referred to as the Swamp Gas Theory. This theory is familiar to those who are interested
in UFO phenomena and it proposes that that the organic deposits in the riverbed of the
Mekong River decompose, which in turn, produce methane gas. This gas forms bubbles that floats its way
up to the surface, and once the gas comes into contact with oxygen-air, these pockets
of methane spontaneously ignite and are consequently set aflame before they take flight into the
sky. This theory was presented by pediatrician,
Dr. Manos Kanoksilp, who extensively studied the Naga Fireballs. To him, producing these blazing orbs also
require precise conditions such as the perfect alignment of the Earth, the moon and the sun. A similar explanation to the Swamp Gas Theory
is the reasoning raised by some people that the Naga Fireballs are produced by the combustible
phosphine gas that came from the muddy environment of the river. In fact, Saksit Tridech, the deputy secretary
of the Thai Science Ministry, along with a group of scientists, conducted a study regarding
the physical conditions surrounding the river, and they concluded that the Naga Fireballs
are produced as a result of the large deposits of phosphine gas found in the area. Phosphine, however, is not a naturally-occurring
gas and so, it is posited that this type of gas is the consequence of bacterial reduction
of phosphate in the decay of organic material. Other scientists also theorized that the Naga
Fireballs are free-floating plasma orbs that form when surface electricity is released
into a solution – which in this case, is the Mekong River’s waters. However, the problem with this theory is that
this type of orb is not only different in color and appearance from the reported characteristics
of the Naga Fireballs, but it can only be produced using high voltage electricity that
do not naturally occur in the environment. The plasma orb theory is not the only supposition
whose soundness has been disputed by skeptics and supernatural believers alike. The phosphine gas theory and the swamp methane
gas theory have also been cast aside by some people as the most logical explanation to
the Naga Fireballs. These people say that the perfectly precise
conditions required to consistently produce the orbs year after year cannot possibly occur
in a natural setting unless some man-made manipulation is involved. And so, we have now reached the most controversial
explanation of them all, and this particular theory claims that the annual appearance of
the Naga Fireballs is nothing more than a hoax to perpetuate the popularity of the Phayanak
Festival and the Mekong River, which consequently has a positive effect on the local economy
and the livelihood of the area’s residents. In 2002, a documentary aired on the program
“Code Cracking” of the ITV television network investigated what could be the source
of the mysterious fireballs that surface every year during the celebration of the festival. The team had to take a boat and quietly travel
to the Loatian side of the Mekong River. Once they crossed the river, they found Loatian
soldiers firing tracer rounds into the sky. Those who analyzed the footage of the event
also came to the conclusion that the Naga Fireballs were caused by the firing of flare
guns from the other side of the river while the festival is ongoing on the Thailand side. The loud audience of the festival was not
able to hear the sound of the gunshot as it was drowned out by the cheering noises of
people and the noisy crackle of fireworks during the event. And so, they would not have been able to tell
so easily if they were being deceived in the darkness and from half a mile away. With the stunning revelation that the Naga
Fireballs could be a man-made phenomenon originally intended to generate buzz and draw crowds
for the annual Buddhist Lent-related festival, does this truly mean that this strange phenomenon
is nothing more than a hoax? For me, the answer would be no. In cases where there are varying theories
to explain an unusual occurrence, we must not be so quick to cling onto a single explanation. And in the case of the Naga fireballs, there
is no such thing as single truth, as the opposing sides of believers and skeptics have presented
their respective evidences and have chosen to uphold their own perspectives on the matter. And so, at least for now, whether you believe
in the supernatural, natural, or man-made explanations about the mysterious Naga fireballs
is completely up to you. However, keep in mind that regardless of which
perspective you think best explains this phenomenon, you should always, always try to keep an open
mind.

100 thoughts on “Mysterious ‘Dragon’ FIREBALLS Rise From River EVERY Year: The Naga Fireballs

  1. some of the "fireballs" look like sped-up paper lantern footage.

  2. the picture at 3:28 is just a giant oarfish that got washed up on land

  3. Surprised u couldn't get any better clips if it happens every year, most the clips there look like fireworks and floating lanterns

  4. i saw these orange gas lentils in my country nepal what's that explain?

  5. I may have to side with the hoax on this BUT the paranormal is real. Don't tell me otherwise until you've lived in a haunted house and experienced it yourself. (I was a hardcore skeptic back then. Still am about most things. There are some things on this earth that are clouded in so much mystery. Hopefully we can solve them in my life time).

  6. When the barrier between this world and the paranormal is at its thinnest and the fairy kingdom attacks, Dragons stationed here open up their anti air fairy guns and light those flying fairy bastards up. And that is the story of the Naga fire balls…also we have records of this event before gun powder existed so how could it possible be man made?

  7. Their is lots of electricity in the atmosphere. Their could be a reaction between the swamp gas and the earths natural electricity. Or like the Northern lights, it could be solar energy combined with earths atmosphere.

  8. That picture is of an orefish nothing new to see here. Not a mythical sea serpent.

  9. You answered it at the end. It is soldiers. Now the burden of proof is on those to prove its not always the soldiers.

  10. I whole heartedly belive there could be a huge creature living in the river but how would he know it was time to release his hot balls? has anyone thought about searching the river whilst the orbs are being produced?

  11. In Costa Rica, we have a mystery related to almost perfect stone spheres created by a prehispanic culture. After the colony period, all the native groups in the area got destroyed (diseases and wars), the ones currently existing there are actually formed by the survivors of those groups, they do not know about how the spheres where made or why they where made for. Some of those groups tell that they may represent the spheres of a rain deity, as they say sometimes when there is a heavy storm, lightning takes shapes of spheres.

  12. Chances comment (nvm)
    100% – 'Dragon Ball Z'

    20% – Others.

    0.1% – Meh.

  13. Those aint dragon ballZ.. Those are witches traveling look it up. This happens in mexico

  14. Nagas are as real as the wind and water. Thanks so much for covering this phenomena! I had always heard of this amazing phenomena in Thailand from friends, but had never seen a covered story on it. Love it!

  15. I've seen Orbs over travis air force base a few years ago and they were in sequence!!! There were at least 12 and they went at an angle towards space once they got so high it would just disappear. I will never forget this night tripped me out!!

  16. It's just goku and manjin buu fighting or some dude farting after eating way to much hot food

  17. Well I laugh as the dragon is just once a year playing around and running away thinking ahhh foolish humans 😂😂

  18. My bad. I eat mexican food all september and spend october at the river. So…

  19. put a barrier on the lake
    drain it out
    now wait and see the fish
    take the fish out
    try to find a serpent
    wait till october
    boom if you see a red orb its nnot serpentttt

  20. I really thank you for all of your VIDEOS I have watched . real many of the history I did not know even many of them I have ever heard of in my life. Keep on please and be in good health.

  21. Lol The Demons rise up from the Pit and they create a Annual Celebration around the Evil coming from the Pit . that's sad

  22. Asian paper lanterns… paper lanterns.
    an Oarfish
    Paper lanterns… like in Tangled… paper lanterns… she didnt know either…LOL
    look up Flavian Signature for some truth.

  23. Well im thai . Well some Theory say the phaya nag or พญานาค do the only one time each year to Celebrate the day that Buda return from the heavens . The song that is for that day will tell you some answers or clue but translated .

  24. Also phaya naga is more like a snake cause phaya naga means " king of the snakes "

  25. That ain't no supernatural sneaky serpent, that's a god damn Oarfish, and they use that freaking picture for every freaking lake monster 3:25

  26. Trust me, there is submarine under the water released those fire balls. Otherwise The law of physic is meaningless

  27. This is a man-made fraud
    Fireworks came from China thousands of years ago.

  28. These day I am living in Cambodia and also Cambodia has Mekong River and I have experience it, but I don’t know what cause the fireball. 🧐🧐🧠🧠

  29. Im from laos now lives in America California what i heard my my mom and dad told by thire parent the white ball is not from the dragon but it is a orb off spirit off people who die in the water every year they are finely release to heaven to be reborn thats what they told me and told by there parents

  30. I wonder if the dragons from Breath of the Wild were inspired by this. shrugs

  31. The ones in Norway, real scientists studied this type of thing. They are natural.

  32. Definitely not gun shot up in the air because ppl will hear it. I think it’s a spirit serpent. It will not let itself be seen with the naked eyes. but whatever it is, I believe there is something under that water.

  33. idk, maybe those are the spirits of all the hmong people crossing the mekong river from laos to thailand for freedom during the vietnam war. some drown and some was shot down while crossing.

  34. ok. let me correct him abit. The Naga fireballs occur only for 1 night. the days can vary, but it occurs only for 1 night and only 1 spot of the meekong river. This is for sure supernatural and not man made since it existed for already hundreds of years. Scientists from america and Japan (mainly japan) came, and did not find any evidence of why it occurs, they came up with theories, but did not find anything to back those theories due to the fact that it occurs only on a specific time and date each year. this is what baffled all scientists. I know this cause im thai and live there next to where it occurs lol.

  35. These are real and they rapidly grow into existence about size of bowling ball and float above the lake and can quickly disappear faster than you coming out of the state it wonder.,

  36. 10 years ago, it was evening time & storm was coming I was walking on the road in front of a Graveyard. Suddenly same fireball appeared from graveyard & around 10 seconds it flew in sky & again vanished in a Grave.
    According to my experience I think this is a GHOST or DEVIL.

  37. Great video, very fair in presenting the different theories

  38. I saw fire shooting into the sky as a kid. Coming from the woods, there is no River or Creek in that area. I remember them like I saw them yesterday. We went the next day and looked, nothing was burnt. I remember it so clearly.

  39. My co worker told me that he saw a lightning ball or a fireball.. and he also told me that it flew away from the lake. He's a fisher man.

  40. Gun powder has been around a lot longer than the gun. tracer round like projectiles could have been used for hundreds of years.

  41. Oh I hear about this it's called the naga fire balls… Every new year at Thailand the mythical creature phaya nagas come out and shoot fire balls for people to watch

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