On the road between Chuluota and Snow Hill, at the bridge crossing the Econlockhatchee River you can see a ghost light that some claim has been known to chase cars. This phenomenon has been seen for at least fifty years and is called the Oviedo or Chuluota light, although Oviedo is a good distance away; it’s the largest community in the area. Since the 1950s high school kids from all over the county have driven out to the bridge over the Econ just to check out the lights. The lights are not always seen and seem to favor the warm months. This is one phenomenon that I have seen which to me looked like a very faint glowing ball of fog rising up from the swamp.
Usually there is only a single ball of light, but on rare occasions as many as five lights have been observed at the same time. Some witnesses have reported lights that look like the headlights of a car or lights that come down the road and then just stop and hang in midair. Several people claim that the light will chase after a car. It was thought that the Oviedo Lights were caused by swamp gas. If not for the strange behavior of the lights, the swamp gas theory would seem likely since the lights are seen mainly in the warmer months when vegetation decomposes and releases bio-gasses. These gasses under certain conditions can ignite to produce a glowing effect that rises with the warm air. With all the new development in the area, the lights are now being seen by a brand new audience of newcomers. People are now proposing that something other than decaying bio-mass is causing the strange lights.
For more information about the Oviedo Lights, click here to read the Orlando Sentinel’s coverage of this phenomenon.