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Occurred : 7/4/2006 21:10 (Entered as : 070406 21:10)
Reported: 7/5/2006 9:11:18 AM 09:11
Posted: 7/16/2006
Location: Rancho San Diego, CA
Shape: Light
Duration:10 min
Red Light Over San Diego

I had heard fireworks starting and went outside to see if we could see them from our house. I was standing in my driveway looking north when I noticed a bright red light in the sky about 10 to 15 degrees below the pointer stars of the big dipper. Initially I thought that it was a helicopter observing the fireworks, but the light was not flashing and it stayed stationary.

I watched it for about a minute and then went inside to get my wife so that she could see it too. When we came back outside the red light had gained altitude and was at the level of the pointer stars in the big dipper. As we watched the light it continued to slowly gain altitude and was pulsing at irregular intervals.

Finally about halfway up the big dipper, the red light pulsed several times, turned white for 15 or 20 seconds and slowly faded out until it disappeared. The whole event took about 8 to 10 minutes. This was definitely not an aircraft. There were several aircraft in the area and they looked and moved completely different than this light. I thought that maybe it was a rocket launch, but I had just seen a rocket launched at night within the last week or so and it did not look the same at all.