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Occurred : 12/1/1997 23:30 (Entered as : 12/01/97 23:30)
Reported: 12/29/2006 6:26:37 PM 18:26
Posted: 2/1/2007
Location: Paramus (souh of), NJ
Shape: Fireball
Large white fireball over New York City

Sorry, I don't think this was an extraterrestrial craft, but I think it's worth reporting all the same since it was so unique. In short, I was driving southbound on the Garden State Parkway just south of Paramus one night near midnight in December. I don't recall the year, but it had to be 1997, 1998 or 1999, as I was living in the area during that time. In the eastern sky, directly over Manhattan, I saw a HUGE (like the size of the moon in the night sky), ghostly, smokey white fireball, that looked much like a comet (tail and all), crashing down from above. It looked as if it was going to crash in the ocean just east of New York City. It took a few minutes for it to make its way down from the skies above NYC and fall behind it. I thought I was seeing things, but I noticed drivers and riders in cars around me on the parkway were pointing at it and watching it with the same amazement (and concern) I had. As it dipped behind NYC, I thought surely this was the end of the world and there would be blinding flash followed soon by an explosion, concussion wave or tidal wave, etc., but nothing happened. I scanned the radio, but there was no mention of it. I checked the TV news shows the next day, and again - nada. Still, it was a wonderful thing to see, and thankfully with no negative consequences. Perhaps it was a large metor skimming the upper atmosphere. Who knows.

((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous; provides no contact information. PD))

((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the incident is approximate. PD))