Fire in the SkyS


England: Attleborough, Nuneaton - Hovering Fireball That Changes into a Large Black Mass

Posted: July 11, 2009

Date of Sighting: 27th june 2009
Time: 10.20pm approx

Witness Statement: On returning to Attleborough from the direction of the Pingles, we saw a what appeared to be a fire ball hovering in the air above the fields at the bottom of Crowhill. I drove towards it to get a better look but it quickly rose very high up into the sky, it then dropped down and changed to a large black mass and continued to move slowly down and towards the direction of the Attleborough industrial estate, it was not falling straight down but moving along as if to land. I tried to follow it but it disappeared behind the houses. It had been a very hot day, there was no wind and as I drove past the playing fields for kegs there was a fog over the field and road. It was a very strange experience.


Video: Meteor fell east of York, Pennsylvania on Monday morning

Big fireball meteor
© baltimoresun.comThe big fireball meteor that startled residents in Central Maryland and southern Pennsylvania early Monday morning was captured on a security camera video in York Pa.
"Meteorite Man" Steve Arnold is still looking for those key eyewitness reports that could point him toward any remnants of the July 6 Mason-Dixon Meteor that may have survived the fall to Earth.

Arnold has read through more than 100 comments from Weather Blog readers who saw or heard the meteor, and he's singled out more than 30 that were detailed enough to suggest that just a little more information might help point him to the impact zone.


US: Video of Meteor shooting across Pennsylvania

If you saw a bright flash of light in the sky about 1 a.m. Monday, it wasn't a leftover firework. It was a meteor.

And a pretty impressive one at that.

Michael Gaines, who lives near the Costco on Hempstead Road, had gotten home from the Long's Park Patriotic Concert a few hours earlier and saw the flash from his porch.

With an interest in astronomy, Gaines knew that it wasn't a stray Fourth of July sparkler.

"It was a lot brighter than fireworks," said Gaines, who realized he was seeing the fireball of a large meteor. "You could see remnants, little fragments - something was moving from right to left across the sky."


US: Meteor over Maryland and Pennsylvania

We have been receiving reports today of a likely meteor over north-central Maryland and southern Pennsylvania early Monday morning. (Not the one in the image seen here.)

Below are the first reports we have received. If you heard or saw something similar, around the same time, please leave a comment. Include the time, your location, which direction you saw the object or flash, a description of what you saw, and note any boom or other sound you heard, as well as the time lapse between flash and boom.

The York Dispatch: In York County, Pa., police officers from Penn Township, Southwestern Regional and Newberry Township reported seeing a flash and hearing a boom around 1:15 a.m. Monday, July 6, according to local 911 centers. Officials in Harford County, Md. also reported seeing a flash and hearing a boom near the Mason-Dixon Line.

Capital Gazette: An Annapolis city police officer reported that she and her partner both saw what she described as a "bright blue light in the sky" just after midnight. It was followed by "a light with a tail, falling from the sky," according to our informant. Annapolis police reported hearing a similar report on Baltimore County police radio.


US: Large meteor fireball creates sonic boom over Pennsylvania

A number of viewers throughout the Susquehanna Valley have contacted News 8 about a bright light they saw in the night sky, and an explosion they heard and felt early Monday morning.

"At approx. 1:05 a.m. my wife and I were outside enjoying the cool evening and we saw a bright flash of light and a few seconds later we heard a series of explosions. Do you have any information on that?" read one.

"I just wanted to report something very strange. At about 1:10 AM while laying in bed. We heard and felt a deep rumble, the house shook and we felt either an explosion shock wave or an earth quake," read another.


England: A50, Meir/Longton, Stoke-on-Trent - A Fireball-Like Object

Posted: July 5, 2009

Date: June 6 2009
Time: 11pm
Number of witnesses: 4
Number of objects: 1
Shape of objects: Fireball/bright light
Weather Conditions: Small amount of cloud

Description: A fast moving fireball like object moving in direct path over the A50, seen on two occasions with a full car of people with me. At first we thought it was an aircraft on fire, it almost looked as though the light emitted from the object was passing through and searching the clouds, I dunno. It was moving in a straight line but the light appeared to flicker, but it's path did not falter. Light was not coming from a direct source or visible light or led, like a glowing ball almost.


Ireland: County Laois - A Very Strange Sound From All Over the Sky

Posted: July 4, 2009

Date: 5 6 2009
Time: 23.40
Number of witnesses: 2
Number of objects: 1
Shape of objects: Small lights
Weather Conditions: Cloudy sky

Description: We both heard a very very strange sound when we were in the house. It was a deep sound that washed in and out, in and out. I didn't know what it was at first - it sounded like a boiler, but we both looked at each other both in shock because it was a much bigger sound than that. We went outside and the sound came from the sky, but it seemed to come from all over the sky - it was very hard to locate the source of the sound. We eventually saw the source of the sound - a light fly away which looked like a plane, but the sound was no sound of a normal plane. It was much deeper, widespread and it washed inward and outward.


US: 2 See Large Fireball Break Up Into Smaller Fragments

Posted: July 4, 2009

Date of Sighting: July 2, 2009
Time of Sighting: 10 PM MDT
Location of Sighting: Longmont, Colorado (About 20 Miles North of Denver)

Description: My partner and I were driving East to Longmont on Highway 66 (Ute Highway) from Lyons, Colorado and saw a giant fireball in the sky, hiding behind a large section of storm clouds. At first I thought it was the moon, but suddenly it came out from behind the clouds and rapidly decreased in altitude. Once it began decreasing in altitude, it starting breaking up into smaller pieces-- two, then three and then four. As soon as it began breaking up, they began flying in formation to the West (thus eliminating the option of it being a meteor due to it's trajectory). About 30 seconds later, 4 of the pieces began falling to the ground (each piece also had very long tails, similar to a meteor). As they were falling, two of the pieces jutted off to the left, while the other two jutted to the right. One by one, they fell to the ground in a blaze.


England: Reader reports sighting of orange fireball-like object in the sky above Knutsford

A reader wrote to the Guardian on Sunday to report a sighting of an orange fireball-like object in the sky above Knutsford.

The letter is below.

Dear Sirs, Last night - Saturday 27th June 2009 - while walking home from visiting friends, my son, partner and myself saw a strange object in the sky above Knutsford. Although we are used to seeing planes flying over us regularly, this was not a plane!

It was like an orange red fireball and at the height it must have been, was much larger than a plane, it traveled at great speed for what would have been several miles (at that height) and then hovered over Knutsford for several minutes before gradually getting smaller and then disappearing. This was just after 11pm. While we were watching we heard voices behind us and 2 other people who had walked in the same direction arrived. We pointed out the light and both of these people also saw the same light.


[Video] A fireball in the sky of France

An amateur videographer has filmed an impressive fireball that travelled the skies of France in June 2009. The ball of fire then disappeared from view behind trees. According to their comments it is not an airplane. This fireball is like having an object coming through the atmosphere... unless it is an airplane? Could it be a UFO? I did not find more information on this video.

Comment: has an alternative theory - incoming space debris:

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