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Occurred : 7/4/2008 21:15 (Entered as : 07/04/08 21:15)
Reported: 7/11/2008 1:30:35 PM 13:30
Posted: 8/12/2008
Location: Barrington, IL
Shape: Sphere
Duration:30 minutes
orange spheres vivble at dusk

These objects were observed by myself and many other people who had gathered at the Barrington High School to watch the July 4th fireworks display.

I noticed the first object looking towards the west-south west at about 2115CDT. It was about 20 degrees above the horizon when I noticed it. The object did not appear to be moving relative to my position. It was circular and appeared to be a dull orange color. The object appeared to be glowing from within.

Shortly thereafter I saw a second object ascending from behind the tree line in the same direction as the first. This object was somewhat closer than the first one and I was able to determine that it was a balloon with a light inside. The sky that night was very clear with little wind.

I believe that these balloons are the objects that many people saw on July 4th in the Midwest. They were larger than regular party balloons and possibly as big as a weather balloon.

I am a (very) amateur astronomer and also have been an airline pilot for the past 26 years. I am very familiar with the night sky and can say that they were definitely man-made.