|Occurred : 10/7/2004 20:30 (Entered as : 10/07/2004 20:30)
Reported: 10/14/2004 9:02:02 PM 21:02
Location: Monticello, IN
|Three fireballs repeated approx. every 30 sec. apart just south of Monticello
I was driving on Springboro Rd. driving north toward Monticello from Ind. 18 at about 8:30 P.M. when I noticed three fireballs to the northeast of my location. They appeared in quickly one after another, about a half second between each, in an area approx a moon's width apart. The fireballs were a bright orange color, similar to a road flare, and lasted about five seconds, with the first one to appear being the first one to go out and so on. I continued to watch the area of sky where the lights appeared and continued to see the same three fireball cycle continue for the next 5 to 7 minutes,with the cycle repeating, about every thirty seconds, until I was directly west of the fireballs. I guessed, based on a cell phone tower that the fireballs were in front of, that the fireballs were located approx. 3 to 4 miles southeast of Monticello at a height of 2,000 to 4,000 ft. There were aircraft in the area that I feel were military but these aircraft were all to the west of my location and were doing some kind of training activities with each other, which is a common thing to see at that time on Thursday nights. This is not the first time I have seen the fireballs, but it is the first time I have been certain it was not a naturally occuring fireball.