|Occurred : 4/17/2000 19:20 (Entered as : 04/17/00 19:20)
Reported: 4/18/2000 12:30
Location: Sultan (approx 5 mi. SE), WA
|Witnessed a very bright meteor in broad daylight. It changed in color and was followed by a low boom noise minutes later.
My friend and I were on a logging road approxiamatly 1.25 miles east of Cedar pond which is about 5 miles SE of Sultan, Washington. It was about 19:20, bright and sunny day, when we both noticed a very, very bright meteor like object traveling at a very high rate of speed towards the SE. We had a compass with us and took a bearing. We first saw the object at around 155 and last saw it at 135. I believe the object was 40-50 degrees above the horizon when we first saw it and about 20 when it disappeared behind a ridge. It may have actually sort of went, "poof", right before it went behind the ridge. It changed color also as it traveled, I saw white, white-blue, green, orange. The event lasted about 2.5 seconds. It was extremely bright and comparable to the light created by a welder. It was actually very beautiful. About 3 to five minutes after witnessing the object, we heard a very low boom-like crack coming from the SE. It was definitly not gunfire or blasting. It upset many birds in the area. We witnessed about 25-30 ravens flying SE afterwards which seemed out of character, because the usually stay in pairs at lower elevations (from my experience).
((NUFORC Note: Other reports submitted to the Snohomish County, Washington, 9-1-1 facility, and the Everett, WA, newspaper. Apparently, the object may have been over the Cascade Mountains, or even east of there.))