|Occurred : 10/3/2004 07:25 (Entered as : 10/03/2004 07:25)
Reported: 10/12/2004 6:26:37 PM 18:26
Location: Vancouver, WA
|Large, Flame like object at daybreak in Columbia River Gorge
The bright object first caught my eye while driving on State Route 14 going east from Vancouver to Washougal, WA to walk my dog on a dike paralleling the Columbia River. It remained in the horizon about thirty degrees above [see attached photo] due north/west of Mt. Hood. It was a beautiful morning and the sun was just coming up. As I began walking my dog going east, I watched it coming towards me or so I thought because it was becoming brighter. I got concerned and called my husband on my cell phone. It then began retreating, and so I pulled out my tiny Nikon Coolpix 3700 camera and zoomed all the way to capture it before it got too far away. I would say it was in view for ten minutes while driving and five minutes while walking before it "retreated" slowly behind the hills in the Columbia Gorge. I didn't think much of it until I saw the EXACT same object on the news this morning [Fort Wayne] video taped by another observer. It was not a meteror--it moved too slowly and stayed in the same general location of the sky. As you can see in the photo it was quite large and very bright.
((NUFORC Note: We suspect that the object is a contrail behind a distant high-altitude jet in the extreme distance.. PD))