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Occurred : 7/26/2003 21:00 (Entered as : 07/26/2003 21:00 pm)
Reported: 7/29/2003 12:40:09 PM 12:40
Posted: 8/1/2003
Location: Burbank, CA
Shape: Unknown
Duration:10 Minutes
Strange orange glow like flame of hot air balloon - but without the balloon - over the evening sky in Burbank, CA.

We were outside on Saturday evening in Burbank, CA when during a family reunion gathering, someone said, "What's that?" and we all looked up and saw what looked like the flame from a hot air balloon - except without the balloon. At first I thought it was a hot air balloon that was just dark in color and we couldn't see the balloon because of the night sky. But the "flame" didn't flicker like a flame at all, and was a bright brilliant gold color. Further diminishing the hot air balloon theory ... the object went from moving rather slowly, it started to seemingly gather a lot of speed and altitude. Not fast, slower than say a jet aircraft -- but certainly what seemed too fast for any type of ballon depending on wind. And the altitude was certainly way too high for a balloon. Eventually it continued on it is "up-and-out" pattern and eventually became too small to see. This event was witnessed by probably 12 people-- all of which were at a loss to explain what it was. By the time someone got binoculars it was too high and/or far to make out any detail.