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Occurred : 12/2/2000 21:30 (Entered as : 12/02/2000 21:30)
Reported: 4/10/2004 9:50:16 AM 09:50
Posted: 4/27/2004
Location: Lake Tahoe (about 30/40 miles southwest of), CA
Shape: Fireball
Duration:under 10 seconds
Southwest of Lake Tahoe- a large, bright neon green fireball suddenly appeared high above the gap between two mountains and vanished.

I was 19 and traveling up to Lake Tahoe in a carpool for skiing. It was in 2000, so the events aren't exactly fresh in my mind. We took the highway from San Francisco which was our origin and made the most direct route to Lake Tahoe. I do not know the name of the highway. I had just returned from a long stay in Hawaii and answered an ad on craigslist.org-san francisco posted by a business professional seeking someone to drive up to Lake Tahoe with him and save on fuel. We must have been about 30-40 miles outside of Lake Tahoe and it was dark in the sky already. The time I gave above is an estimate. We left San Francisco around 5 PM. We must have been about 30-40 miles outside of Lake Tahoe.

***In front of us was the highway stretching through the valley, a space between two mountains. We were heading North, or Northeast and in that same direction, high up in the sky between, but definitely much higher than the two mountains we both saw a large, bright neon green fireball suddenly appear and then quickly vanish. It streaked for a few seconds, possibly leaving a slight green trail, like a tail of a comet. The business man I was with did not want to talk about it and neither did I because I was quite scared. I had never seen anything like that in my life-not even on TV. I would like to know if what I saw was a meteor, or what? I have told many people about this event in these past years, but only as an amusing anecdote. It is only until now that I heard of a way to officially report this after listening to Peter Davenport on Coast to Coast AM.

((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. PD))

((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous. PD))