|Occurred : 1/10/2002 21:30 (Entered as : 01/10/02 21:30)
Reported: 1/11/2002 9:04:48 AM 09:04
Location: Phoenix, AZ
|bluish-white object streaks across sky, explodes into orange fireball then falls toward earth
I was driving south on Litchfield Road in Avondale(Phoenix) Arizona at approximately 21:30 pm when I saw an extremely bright object burning bluish white that was streaking across the night sky. The object appeared to be headed in a southwestern direction from the north when it appeared to me in the left peripheral area of my sight. I shouted out excitedly to my 8 year old daughter who was with me to look at it while I pointed it out to her with my right hand. Then the object seemed to explode into an orange and red ball of flame then blinked out. A moment later it flared up again directly below the point I had last seen it and was falling toward the ground and no longer streaking across the horizon as before. Then it burned completely out just before reaching the horizon. Before and after the orange-red blast, the object was burning so brightly that it cast a faint blue hue on the horizon, lighting up everything in sight. It also had a burning white tail that trailed behind it.