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Occurred : 11/19/2004 17:30 (Entered as : 11/19/2004 17:30)
Reported: 11/22/2004 3:28:11 PM 15:28
Posted: 12/3/2004
Location: Orlando, FL
Shape: Sphere
Duration:2 minutes
Sphere of light descends, emitts blinding bright light across city, then shoots up back into atmosphere at light speed

AT 5:30 AM on 11/19/2004, I noticed an object in the sky the size of a pea. (If I were to hold up a pea as high as I could and look directly at it.) It was a clear night but was still dark out. With no clouds to use as a reference, it was difficult to tell how far up in the sky this object was relative to where I was standing. I assumed at first it was a low flying aircraft on it's approach to the airport coming from the EAST. I thought this was an aircraft possibly in trouble due to the speed and angle of descent compared to most other aircraft that are approaching Orlando's airport. This object came to a sudden halt without making noise and hovered for about 3 seconds before separating into 3 pieces. It was more like the original object kept its size and shape,, but 2 objects broke off the sides of the sphere at the same time. The movement of both side objects was very symmetrical. These 2 objects left a weird trial of what seemed like smoke but was hard to tell. The larger original object never seemed to emit any trail or make any noise. What reminded me of booster rockets off of a shuttle or a multi staged rocket left me to believe at first that this was some sort of secret launch that went awry or a secret shuttle mission that launched however, I knew that all shuttle launches during take off execute a pitch and roll immediately out into the Atlantic so as to be far from land in the event of an emergency. Keep in mind,, I still don't know how far the object was in the sky relative to where I was. Even know I can see the shuttle burn from a day or night time launch from Orlando, the distance would be too far from the cape to see individual rocket boosters fall off. These 2 objects that broke off did not emit any light but the light from the Original object was enough to see these two objects separate from the original at the same time and leave a trail of what looked like white smoke. So far still no noise. Then, 3 seconds after the 2 mini objects broke off,,, a light so bright started to shine everywhere. It wasn't blinding like the sun,, however, it shined brighter. It lit up the whole sky and the neighborhood, brighter than the 12'oclock sun. I stood still and was able to continue looking at the source of the light. The object was still in the same spot in the sky. I thought this was a nuclear blast of the air burst type however, the light kept shining for about 35 to 40 seconds. This light wasn't vibrating or sporadic,,, like you would see in fireworks,, or a flare or a meteorite in the sky. It maintained a constant candlepower without the strobing effect. I remember looking all around to see if this light was concentrated in a specific area. The whole sky and everywhere I looked,, this light was shinning. If it wasn't for me knowing where the object was in the sky,, it would of been hard to tell where the light source was coming from directionally since it appeared to be coming from everywhere. After what seemed like 40 seconds,, this light shrinked back to its source in the sky. The strange thing was that the brightness of the light remained the same while the area it was covering started to shrink back to the object. It took about 5 seconds from when it started shrinking, until all you saw was the object still hovering in the same spot in the sky. Then within a second, this object shot right back up into the atmosphere at what appeared like light speed. It left in the opposite direction, not directly up, more like up and eastward at an angle. The trail it left didn't appear to be smoke. It was more like the trail you would see if you waved a kem-lite in front of your face in the dark from left to right as fast as you can. It took off so fast without noise that it left a light trail for about 2 seconds. According to local radio stations and the local CBS TV affiliate, (www.local6news.com) hundreds of people in Orlando that were traveling to work or on the road reported the blinding light. Most witnesses said it lasted between 30 to 50 seconds. Some drivers were running through traffic lights because they couldn't tell if the lights were green or red. A meteor scientist from Brevard county on the east coast said he witnessed the object that morning and gave coordinates that put the object directly above OIA. (Orlando International Airport)