|Occurred : 10/2/2001 19:39 (Entered as : 10/02/01 17:39:00)
Reported: 10/3/2001 10:19:37 AM 10:19
Location: Howell, MI
|At 7:39 pm Tuesday, October 2, I was driving east on Clyde Rd., which is a dirt road 4 miles north of Howell, MI. I was 1 mile west of where Latson Rd. crosses Clyde Rd.
Suddenly, overhead and left of the road I noticed a bright white fireball trailing a line of blue and white sparks descend at a rapid pace. It was traveling west to east, but was headed in a distinct downward trajectory--as opposed to the few others I've seen personally or on video that travel parallel to the horizon. Its diameter was about the size of a pea held at arm's length. It was much larger and brighter than what is seen during a meteor shower (i.e., falling stars). As I said, I first noticed it through the top left of my windshield as it shot downward at what I guessed to be a 60 degree angle. It descended below the horizon.
I thought it might hit maybe 10 miles east of where I was, which would be northeast of the area around Hartland, MI, near the intersection of M-59 and US-23. I have heard of reference made to it on radio stations that it was a satellite reflection. No way! Coincidentally, this is the second such object I have seen from this exact location, which I also reported on this web site. That sighting was a widely-reported trail of fireballs seen across the midwest about two years ago.
((NUFORC Note: We wonder whether the witness intended to indicate a time of 1939 hrs. (EDT) for this sighting. We will check. We have amended the date here. PD))