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Occurred : 11/16/1999 16:15 (Entered as : 11-16-99 16:15)
Reported: 12/2/1999 05:44
Posted: 3/11/2003
Location: Burtons Bridge, IL
Shape: Fireball
Duration:10 seconds
Horizon to horizon in 10 seconds. Fireball (short tail & enormous vapor trail).

Appeared at the western horizon similar to a helicopter light , bright but with an orange glow. As the object crossed from west to east it appeared to narrowly miss a plane , on its landing path into Chicagos O'hare Airport , about 30 degrees on the horizon. On approach it was obvious it was not a helicopter or headlight on an airplane. Its appearance was that of a fireball. It had a greenish metalic core surrounded by an orange glow. It could have been flaming except it did'nt have a flaming tail but it did leave an extremely large vapor trail in its wake. My second thought was a meteor but the size of it (a dime held at arms length) I was waiting for a catastrophic explosion similar to when the dinosaurs became extinct but that did'nt happen. Ther were four small 24 carot gold colored objects following directly behind it changing positions with each other rather than falling like a spark would. This object or objects passed overhead from horizon to horizon in approximately 10 seconds. It did not fall from the sky but flew from west to east.