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Occurred : 10/31/2005 21:17 (Entered as : 10/31/05 21:17)
Reported: 10/31/2005 6:28:25 PM 18:28
Posted: 11/3/2005
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Shape: Fireball
Duration:5-10 seconds
Bright fiery contrail in eastern night sky

Looking east on my way into the house tonight, I saw a long contrail of light/flame across quite a bit of the sky. Too high to be a firework.

I could vaguely still make out a smoke plume where it occurred for a minute or so afterward. Looked like the space shuttle taking off in the night sky only it was straight across the sky, not going up from the ground.

((NUFORC Note: Witness describes self as a "pilot." Our suspicion is that he is a quite experienced pilot, with many thousands of hours of flight time. However, that is just a guess on our part. PD))