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Occurred : 6/10/2000 19:00 (Entered as : 06/10/00 19:00)
Reported: 6/12/2000 21:38
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Hillsboro (outside of), MO
Shape: Circle
Duration:10-15 MIN
A bright red circular object was falling slowly down in a straigt line leaving a trail of smoke brhind it.

I live in Missouri and i am currently working for the Census Bureau. Saturday evening, on my way home from work, i witnessed a strange occurance, which I have described breifly below. I was driving down C highway (Hillsboro), heading towards Y highway(Hillsboro, DeSoto) @ about 7:30p.m. To the left of me was a series of large fields And behind them were large tree--covered hills In the sky high above the hills was a single object, a bright red perfect circle, moving slowly down in a straight line, a; leaving a trail of smoke behind it As it feel it never seemed to gain speed, the circle grew bigger and brighter, the trail of smoke also grew. It finally descended behind the trees leaving the trail of smoke. I never heard any sounds and although I looked for it, I never saw it again, or determined what it was. The entire ordeal took about 10-15 minutes the object was visible for a long stretch of the road. My question is, do you have any idea what this could have been? It was definately there. I ruled out fireworks, because there was no noise and it moved very slowly. I have never seen an airplane go straight down, either crashing or landing; besides, if it had been a plane crash or something like that it would have been on the news. The area is outside of city limits, and mostly farm land. The closest airport (which is very small) is two towns away (Festus/Crystal City)