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Occurred : 8/22/1997 10:50 (Entered as : 08/22/97 10:50)
Reported: 9/23/1998 10:19
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Kings Park, NY
Shape: Other
Duration:10 seconds
Neon green trail from ground (like firework) that became a fireball out of which vertically ascended what appeared to be a fighter jrt.

Location: Kings Park NY Facing: South - southeast Time: approximately 8:50 PM Sky Condition: Overcast, muggy - sky was very electric completely around horizon - rained later that night Phenomena: What appeared to be a flare or rocket ascending - the trail was a bright neon green. This trail ascended for a short while and silently erupted into a fireball that grew in color from white to yellow orange. From this fireball there emerged what appeared to be a fighter jet climbing vertically very rapidly. The outline of this jet was approximately the size of a pack of cigarettes. The 'jet' climbed and leveled off and then flew slowly overhead to the northeast. The only lights on it were two large half-triangle panels that were lit and were white - there were no other lights. There was no sound throughout the time of the observation and the duration was probably only 8 to 10 seconds. The reason it stood out so much is that the entire phenomenon was outlined against gray clouds. It actually looked like a shuttle launch, though I don't live in Florida and am too far from the ocean, and would not have been able to see it, and there is to my knowledge no facility on Long Island which would launch something like this. It was not a flare - nor was it a meteor - as it came from the surface up.