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Occurred : 5/9/2002 16:15 (Entered as : 05/09/02 16:15)
Reported: 5/10/2002 7:55:04 PM 19:55
Posted: 3/11/2003
Location: Vernon Hills, IL
Shape: Flash
Duration:3 SECONDS
STREAK OF FIRE IN AFTERNOON SKY.

I WAS DRIVING SOUTH ON ILLINOIS 21 (MILWAUKEE AVE.) JUST SOUTH OF ILLINOIS 60.

DRIVING ALONG, I SUDDENLY NOTICED WHAT I FIRST THOUGHT WAS A FLAIR IN THE SKY DIRECTLY OVER A RETIREMENT HOME ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY.

IN AN INSTANT, I REALIZED THIS WAS NOT A FLAIR. IT WAS A STREAK OF FIRE IN THE SKY MOVING STRAIGHT DOWN, AT ABOUT THE SAME SPEED THAT A FLAIR MOVES. AFTER A SECOND OR TWO, THE STREAK ENDED, AND THERE WAS A SUDDEN SMALL FIRE-LIKE FLASH AT THE SPOT THAT THE STREAK ENDED.

THAT IS ALL THERE WAS TO IT. I HAVE BEEN ADVISED THAT IS COULD HAVE BEEN SPACE JUNK RETURNING TO EARTH, OR PERHAPS A METEORITE. MY QUESTION IS DID ANYONE ELSE WITNESS THIS INCIDENT, OR TRACK IT ON RADAR?