|Occurred : 1/14/2008 20:10 (Entered as : 01/14/08 20:00)
Reported: 2/7/2008 12:31:09 AM 00:31
Location: Swanburg, MN
|white fireball seen falling Jan. 14, 2008 in north central Minnesota
On January 14, 2008, about 8:10 P.M., I was chatting on the phone facing my eastern windows. I suddenly saw a bright, white fireball in the sky. I ran to the window and watched it fall for a couple of seconds before it disappeared behind the trees. It was bright white and appeared to be on fire. The moving flames were white hot, however, not orange, yellow, or red. I felt no thud of impact, heard no sounds, nor saw flames of an explosion.
I ran to my car and drove east along our road to check the neighbors’ homes for flames or evidence of a crash site where a small plane may have crashed. I was basically looking for flames. Finding nothing, I hurried home and called 911 to report what I’d seen to the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s office. After discussing it with the dispatcher, I jumped on a snowmobile and looked for signs of an aircraft crash out on the lake ice, finding nothing.
A short time later I received a call from the investigator from the sheriff’s office who had just checked Northgate Lane, further to the east. He, too, found nothing, and we concluded that we were looking for a needle in a haystack, and that I might have seen a meteorite.
It was only tonight that someone told me there had been other sightings on that same evening in Texas, so for what it’s worth, I am submitting my report.
((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the incident is approximate. PD))