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Occurred : 9/1/1999 21:30 (Entered as : 09/01/99 21:30)
Reported: 9/3/1999 03:06
Posted: 9/12/1999
Location: Reno, NV
Shape: Fireball
Duration:1 minute
A Meteor with a Difference.

About 21:30 PDT on Sept. 1, 1999 I was standing in my backyard next to my car, drinking a coke when I saw a meteor with a pale, golden white glow, about a quarter the size of my fist, came from the northwest at about the speed of a fighter jet. I expected the meteor to disintigrate, as most do after they fall to the earth, but as it approached zenith, the object began to have a glowing white trail after it, so I assumed it was a fighter jet, but the object made no sound like a jet and made no jet trail. A little past zenith, in the eastern part of the sky the object began to slow down and without any indication, the object split into four separate parts, a bright, large portion that continued on the original path of northwest to southeast, and three smaller pieces that went northeast, northwest and southeast. The smaller pieces from the object were just like the original, except they were smaller and they were yellow instead of gold. Almost immediately after ejecting the ! three smaller objects, the large one vanished, then the other three objects vanished a half second later. The object, which became three seperate, but similar objects was visible in the sky for about a minute, and after it was over I finished drinking my coke and went inside my home. I thought nothing else about this event until two days later on September 3 when my father mentioned an object had been seen on Wednesday and had been talked about on Art Bell's program, something I'd not heard that night. I told him the story and it turned out that I had seen the object which had been reported.