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Occurred : 12/3/2001 19:00 (Entered as : 12/03/01 1900)
Reported: 12/5/2001 9:19:42 PM 21:19
Posted: 3/11/2003
Location: San Mateo, CA
Shape: Sphere
Duration:5 minutes
A spherical craft shot into the air from a large patch of intensely bright light.

This occurred while driving south on highway 101. My fiancee and I noticed a large patch of light (approximately the size of 4 football fields) west of us (likely in the ocean). This light like a very bright day in the middle of a dark night. This lasted 5-6 seconds and then a spherical craft shot into the air with a bright white and yellow tail. It had a diameter of approximately 200-300 feet. It's tail turned red and then yellow and it continued straight up until it was indistinguishable from a star. This process took about 5 minutes. This is the first time either of us have seen anything like this. I grew up in the U.S. and am a physician. My fiancee is from southeast asian and works in the IT field.