|Occurred : 12/10/1998 18:27 (Entered as : 12/10/98 18:27)
Reported: 12/11/1998 19:57
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
|Strange, projectile-firing light over northern california.
I am a college student majoring in computer science here in the Northern California Bay Area. At 6:27 this evening, as I sat studying in my room, I glanced out my window and noticed an unusually bright light moving rapidly across the sky, heading north west. Thinking it might be something unusual, such as a satellite, meteor, or maybe the space shuttle, I went outside for a better look. I followed it closely as it moved the night sky. It made no sound, had no flashing running lights of any sort, and appeared to be at a very high altitude. I was about to go in, thinking it was probably a satellite, when it began to fire what I can only describe as missiles or rockets! I could not believe my eyes! This thing let loose seven bright projectiles which traveled away from it and down, leaving a bright tracer. There was a pause between each one. Certain it was not a meteor breaking up, I phoned the coast guard, local air traffic control tower, and the local paper, but no one else had reported a similar sighting. I have never seen anything like this before, and would like to know if anyone else on the West coast witnessed this. Strange