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Occurred : 11/17/1998 17:35 (Entered as : 11/17/98 17:35)
Reported: 11/20/1998 13:43
Posted: 2/16/1999
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
Shape: Fireball
Duration:two minutes
I am a newspaper reporter. A resident came to me 11/19 and said he filmed a "ball of fire" traveling slowly at high altitude toward horizon in southwesterly direction. He then filmed a second streaking silver ball that left a white contrail.

The person who filmed this said he was pulling into the driveway, saw something dramatic in the sky, and grabbed his camera. It looked as broad as a thumb at arms length and left a bright fan-shaped tail. He said he also saw another bright object and when the first object went over the horizon, he turned the camera on the second. It looked more defined, like a shiny, metal spot (shape unknown) leading a white contrail. I'm a newspaper reporter. I will be writing a story more focused on the excitement of seeing something dramatic -- but the illumination of the sun could be playing tricks on contrails. To view the video, our newspaper (Charlotte Sun Herald) posted it on the Internet at To comment, e-mail me at www.((address deleted))

((NUFORC Note: We have received several reports quite similar to this one, and they all seem to have been caused by contrails behind high-flying aircraft. Depending on the position of the sun, some witnesses will report them as "UFO's."))