|Occurred : 4/16/1999 20:50 (Entered as : 04/16/99 20:50)
Reported: 4/16/1999 19:40
Location: Ward (northeast of, on Hwy. 67/167MM 25), AR
|Fire ball dropped straight from sky.
We were traveling home when we saw a bright red flash that light up about 20% of the north east sky from our location. It traveled STRAIGHT down - no arc or angle to it - it was a straight as a telephone pole. It started out with the red flash but was an oval shaped object first blue-green turning white as it dropped below the tree level. There was no sound. It was as bright as 3 or 4 traffic lights about 1 block away and much larger than a military airplane. We have no way to tell starting height nor distance from us. Both my wife and I have seen numerous meteors and shooting stars in the past - this was much different due to the direction of travel - the lack of an arc - again straight down. It lasted between 4 and 10 seconds - I say 6 - 10 seconds and my wife say 4 - 8 seconds. We had our CB radio on at the time and several truckers saw it as well from different angles - most agreed using the words fireball and straight down in their descriptions. There was no trail or after streak to the ball. I can not recieve collect calls here - but would gladly return a call to you so we are paying for the call.