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Occurred : 4/21/1998 23:46 (Entered as : 04/21/98 23:46)
Reported: 4/3/1999 01:18
Posted: 3/11/2003
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Shape: Fireball
Duration:15 seconds
A comet-like thing, about the size of a dinner plate. It had a tail that was greenish with sparks in it. No sound.

I came out of my friend's house about 11:46pm on April 21, 1998. I walked to the end of her drive towards my car and saw this comet-like thing in the sky. I looked towards her house and she had just closed the door. I knew if I went to get her, by the time she got there it would be gone & I wanted to see more, so I watched by myself. It went from the top of the sky, down past the horizon, right to left. I saw it for about 15 seconds. It was a circle that was a little bit bigger than a dinner plate from where I was and it had a tail that was greenish and had sparks in it, sort of like the sparks from when a knife is being sharpened. It reminded me of a comet, but much, much bigger. It didn't make any sound. It moved quickly,but not as quick as a shooting star & it didn't disappear into the atmosphere like a shooting star -- it remained the same size & I could see it clearly until it disappeared past the horizon line. I'm a mother of 3 children and a childbirth educator.