|Occurred : 10/5/2005 22:00 (Entered as : 10/05/05 22:00)
Reported: 4/9/2006 7:04:28 PM 19:04
Location: Rockford, MI
|Fireball falling from the sky
I saw a shooting star moving from the east, and it was heading west towards Lake Michigan. It however, I was shocked to see it so suddenly that it was a fireball dropping right next to me, aprox. 10 ft. away from me. It was about the size of a baseball (reddish-orange) fireball when I saw it perhaps 10 feet taller than my garage roof (ranch) and the fireball was dropping behind the garage (where I was on a deck) and it was dropping about 4 ft. from the back wall.
As the fireball was dropping past me, the fireball made a phisst and it blew up about the size of a childs soccer ball about 5 ft. from the ground, and when it pssst about 8-10 inches above the ground it just disappeared. I didn't see or hear it hit the ground, however, I did see some small wisps of black smoke, very small, and disappeared. However, about a min. later, the smell was pretty bad, very acidric smelling.
A couple hours later I went outside on my deck to sit where I had seen that shooting star, and although I didn't smell it anymore, but, it was so quick, I got very hit hard with nausea, and I had to go in to throw up. At the time though, it's odd that I didn't even think that my nausea could have been caused by that smell, but, possible. I thought I should mention this especially since for some reason I just wasn't connecting those events together, perhaps nothing, but then perhaps they were connected. I was hit so hard with the nausea just the moment I sat down, and I was fine afterwards.
I still remember that smell, it was nothing I really recognized, however, maybe a slight plastic smell, but, not enough to call it burned plastic.
((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the event is approximate. PD))