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Occurred : 1/16/2004 19:30 (Entered as : 01/16/2004 19:30)
Reported: 1/20/2004 9:14:32 AM 09:14
Posted: 1/22/2004
Location: Quartzite, AZ
Shape: Light
Duration:5 minutes
Off-white light moving in the sky, then stopped, a smaller light fell to the ground from the main object and the main object left.

During the listed date and approximate time, I was camping in the listed area. We observed a bright, off-white to orangish light in the southeastern sky. The light was brighter than the stars and it was a crystal clear night.

The light was moving towards us and we all began to wonder what it was. We then made the assumption it was probably a plane.

The light continued towards the northwest and then appeared to stop. That is when we began to wonder what it was. As we watched, another light shot from the bottom of the main object (like a shooting star) straight towards the ground at high speed until it dissipated to nothing. This shooting object was the same color as the main object.

I went and got a video camera and by that time the main object was moving away from us and I shot footage of it going away from us until it also disappeared.

I am a Detective for a Southern California Police Agency and have never seen anything before like this. We had several witnesses present and the landscape was peppered with RV'ers that must have seen the same thing.