|Occurred : 8/15/1999 23:18 (Entered as : 08/15/99 11:30)
Reported: 3/25/2001 13:40
Location: Denver (50 miles east of) on Interstate 76, CO
|A very bright flash with a trajectory going from left to right and turning colors along the was - 3-4 seconds at most.
As I was drving west on Interstate 76, I noticed a large bright flash to my left and looked due south. There I saw in a left to right diagonal pattern a "fireball" type object that was first white, then red, green orange and then appeared to have "hit" the earth with a large white flash. The event lasted no more than 3-4 seconds. It was impossible to tell how far away it was, and I immediately thought it was a meteor that had burned up, and maybe even impacted. I turned the AM news on and in about 15 minutes, heard a new report that others had seen it too. Then the local Denver talk radio station made this event its topic for the next few hours. I called the station from a pay phone and told them what I had seen. After, I saw a newspaper article that had listed the phenomena to a meteor. I told friends and family of the event and had not really thought about it until Sat. March 24, 2001 when I was attending the Aztec UFO Symposium in Aztec NM, and a person got up and told of his sighting on the same night and same time. I was encouraged to report my sighting by one of the presenters at the symposium. My sighting was on a very clear night and with no city lights nearby to dilute the image. I don't recall the moon location or if it was visible. I have seen many meteors in my life as I have always regularly wathched the Persiods showers and other events, but have never seen a flash, colors and trajectory as I did that night in August 1999. My backrgound is I have a masters degree and am the Director of a Student Union at a college in Colorado.
((NUFORC Note: I spoke with this individual on 24MR01 at the Aztec Symposium. I am grateful to the individual for his submitting the report. We have amended the time to "2318 hrs.," which was the time recorded by the camera, which recorded the event. PD))