Beware the mysterious ghost lights in Seminole County, Florida

Evie M.

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Florida, in all the best ways, of course, is a strange place. I've been all over the country and the world, and truly, I've never been or lived in a place quite like Florida. I'm a California native, too, so that's saying something. This state is stuffed with som many things that may seem unbelievable I'm certain you could spend you're entire life trying to figure out all of the stories hiding in Florida's nooks and crannies. The best part is the majority of them are already out in the open. Florida is very proud of all of the weirdness and I love it. And one of the weirdest and most awe inspiring attractions (phenomenons? I don't know what to call this) would have to be the ghost lights of Seminole County, known as the "Oviedo Lights".

A mystery so head-scratching even Ripley's asks if it's a "Scientific phenomenon or inexplainable sighting", the Oviedo Lights have been stumping Floridians and visitors alike for decades. Rising in popularity around the 1940s and 1970s, Central Floridian teens would take their dates to go watch the Oviedo Lights, or at least try to spot them.

To get to the lights, kids would go out during the summer months and drive down to a spot below Snow Hill bridge, and attempt to see the lights which were described as "greenish and very, very bright" by locals. Some of those who witnessed the lights claimed to be chased by them before they made it back to their cars.

What's even more curious is that sightings of the Oviedo lights haven't been seen since the 70s, or at least not very often.

What are these terrifying ghost lights in Seminole County?

The lights have been such a puzzling issue for so long that even researchers from the University of Central Florida set out to try and prove what the lights were, but decided there was "insufficient information on which to base a concrete scientific opinion." The camps are certainly divided, with some believing in the supernatural and others thinking the lights are simply swamp gas. There are even, of course, ghost stories. Legend says that the lights are actually a young Cub Scout who died after he went missing and that the lights are a warning from him telling others to turn back. Another stories link the lights to a couple who died in their car.

Others believe the lights are sinister otherworldly mists that lead you to a watery death called jack-o-lanterns or wisps, depending on who you ask. Sadly, after the lights caused a terrible car accident between two boys from Oviedo high school, they died down until the 70s and 80s.

Whatever you believe, personally, I think that the Oviedo Lights of Seminole County are worth trying to find. Fortunately, there are many ghost tours that can take you out and give you all the history and spooky stories you can take about the ghost lights. Sanford Ghost Tours has a hour and twenty minute long tour for $20, so really, there's no excuse not to check it out, right? Ghosts and a bargain. Sounds like a great time.

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