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Occurred : 2/28/1999 08:45 (Entered as : 2/28/99 0845)
Reported: 4/7/1999 00:48
Posted: 2/11/2003
Location: Puget Sound (10-miles south of Canada), WA
Shape: Other
Duration:40seconds
Fishing in the sound just north of the catalina islands. looked north to see a bright light orange in color shooting up going in a southerly direction. it had a smoke plume behind it,and seemed to explode. there was no noise to this event.

We were fishing just north of the santa catalina islands. At 0844 in the morning we looked up to see a bright orange fireball arching up from the canadian border..it was moving south...it had a black smoke plume..when it was approximately 40degrees above the horizon it seemed to explode and broke apart in a shower of smaller lights. we thought it may be a missile,but then it would have been heading out to sea..and also would have had a white plume,not black. it was fairly large ,about the size of a pea. I am a manager for a jewelery store in Salem ,Oregon. My friend works for MSN in Washington. This may not apply,but I became very ill after the incident. I am still feeling the effects today as I write this message. I dont know how my friend is feeling.