|Occurred : 3/9/2000 21:00 (Entered as : 3-9-00 21:00)
Reported: 3/14/2000 23:18
Location: Little Rock (north of), AR
|3 more people can confirm what was said on Art Bell 3-15. More from Little Rock.
Last Thursday night march 9th around 10 pm two of my friends saw a huge portion of the sky north of little rock light up for 5 seconds. From their perspective this is the description I was given. Looking north from the most northeast side of one of the tallest hills in North Little Rock, In clear view of the city lights to the south over downtown and the dark sky to the north, as well as the entire eastern skyline (mostly the lights of NLR). It was a partly cloudy comfortable evening, the northern night sky lit up like a fireball. There was no streak from the sky, it looked more like a tremendous explosion which lasted for almost 5 seconds. They went on and on about how they were actually able to stand there watching the tremendous north lights and talk about it at the same time. Both kept asking the other "do you see that, look at that!" and was able to ask each other that question 3 times each while the light stayed illunminated. Niether of my friends, whom both are intelligent people, would make up such a story. I have sat with one of them in his backyard on the Arkansas River on meteor storm evenings and watched meteors with him. He would have identified the light as a meteor if he thought it was one. That night at 11:00pm i met up with them both and they shared the story with me. It dominated the conversation for the next 20 minutes. They left approx 11:30 and I remained on the back porch of my friends house looking from the same perspective. Around 11:50pm, right before the art bell show so the time is approx, I heard a boom noise, almost like an explosion sound, come from the southeast. Turning around I saw what appeared to be a mushroom cloud come from the south. To be honest I was scared to death and quite shaken, not quite sure what i saw. I ended up staying up to 2am listening to art bell wondering if the local radio would report anything. I went to sleep and learned about the fire the next day. All 3 of us have seen the local TV coverage of the fire south of little rock. The local talk radio shows on Art's affiliate here in Little Rock have mentioned the fire. Details however are very limited. I do know however that the area of the large fire had camera crews on the seen either 1 or 2 days later, because i saw it on TV. The scanner reports apparently is what makes this case interesting. I have heard 2 local media personalities talk about what the people on the scene said. However niether of the media guys mentioned any specifics. Good luck with this, hope others can confirm what I saw. Please only contact me through email and do not release my information to anyone. ((e-address deleted))