Date/Time of event: Not sure; early evening sometime in 2012, I believe.
Location (city, state, country): Shenango Township, Lawrence County, PA, US
Detailed description: I was standing at my kitchen sink. It wasn't completely dark because the window blind was still up, and we always pulled it down once it was dark.
I was washing out a cup, and in one instant, I felt like a very bright bluish white light had flashed right into my eyes. It was just fractions of a second. I looked very carefully and thoroughly outside, to determine the source. I saw nothing. I even did research on the internet the next day to see if anyone had seen anything. I'm not sure, but I believe someone in this area, or perhaps eastern OH (we're only about 10 miles from the state line) had seen a strange orange light around the same time.
The light was so intense, it was like the bright light from a copier ... that intense, and almost painful. Or like a welding arc. Flashing right into my eyes, closer than like standing by a copier.
But it was so short of a time, that as soon as it hit my eyes, it was gone. I hadn't even had time to blink in reaction... by the time I did blink, the light was already gone. I didn't have any "after effects" of seeing spots or anything, but my eyes felt like they had been subjected to a very, very intense light. Almost "sore". My pupils also felt extremely dilated for a moment at the time, and immediately afterward.
I have had no other optical "events" in my life like this.
- Anonymously submitted to The Black Vault