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Sighting Report
Occurred : 10/4/1998 05:00 (Entered as : 10/4/98 05:00)
Reported: 10/12/1998 16:52
Posted: 2/11/2003
Location: Columbia River { mile marker 230}, WA
Shape: Fireball
Duration:3 seconds
Flaring green fireball,with sparks and smoke trailing behind it. traveling vertically downward

When transiting down river columbia river{ mile marker 230}. on tow boat. my deckhand and i observed a greenish bright fireball in the early morning sky. it had white sparks and smoke trailing behind it .it was traveling verticaly down ward from west to east aproxx.it was 344 deg. nnw from are position which was {if looking in RIVER CRUISING ATLAS or chart was just even with{ fl g 2.5 buoy#13 rock creek.when looking in the atlas it is page 32 ,chart C-30.} it was almost full moon. no air planes in sky at time of sighting. clear sky. Its relative size to the Moon was about 3/4 to 1/2 the diamater of the moon.it lasted about 2-3seconds and was flaring brighter as it came down.then it went out of sight behind cliffs to the nnw of us.Looking on a state map of washington the closest town is GOODNOE HILLS. other towboats seen it to.They were down the river a little at johnday dam .