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Occurred : 7/15/1997 17:00 (Entered as : 07/00/97 17:00)
Reported: 9/15/1999 10:13
Posted: 10/2/1999
Location: Fairfield, IA
Shape: Sphere
Duration:30 minutes
extremely bright reflective sphere changed into eccentric cigar chape

At about 17:00 I exited the Wal*Mart store here in Fairfield and I noticed about 15 people in the parking lot staring at something in the sky toward the south. Once I walked to a position from which I could see, I looked up and witnessed what seemed to look like an extremely bright and reflective (clear sky) crystal ball hanging in the sky. It appeared to be about 5 miles to the south and about a mile in attitude. It's size was about 1/4 the size of a full moon. It stayed perfectly still for about 20 minutes, during which time the other observers became bored and left. I stayed. The object slowly began elongating and growing in size on the elongated end, somewhat like a condensed baseball bat (without the knob on the end). The object lost it's highly reflective appearance and seemed to be silvery metallic. It slowly began moving away in a southwest direction and up. It kept moving away in that direction, quite slowly, until it was too small to see. I would (probably highly inaccurately) estimate its largest size at up to 500' from end to end, 50' across on the spherical end, and 100' across and the elongated end.