|Occurred : 7/3/2009 23:05 (Entered as : 07/03/09 23:05)
Reported: 7/4/2009 9:53:18 PM 21:53
Location: Lafayette, IN
|A bright orange light, traveling west, then east, before gaining altitude and fizzling out of sight.
A friend and I had just pulled onto County Road 400 S. on the south edge of town, heading east. As we were driving I noticed a large, orange light in the sky. At first I thought it was an airplane or helicopter, but there were no other lights and the entire object was the same glowing orange color.
We continued driving another 1/4 mile or so, watching it the whole time. It became obvious that it was moving in a westerly direction at a fairly steady speed. I decided to pull over and watch the object. A few seconds after doing so, it suddenly changed direction and began heading east. My friend was able to get a picture of the object on his iPhone. The object slowly continued east for maybe another 30 seconds while seeming to gain altitude before fizzling out of sight, possibly disappearing into a cloud.
The whole event lasted around 2 minutes. There were many people out shooting off fireworks that night, and I wouldn't be surprised if there were other witnesses. The object was too high in the sky, too big, and too far away to be a firework.
My friend who was with me works in the airline industry and was at a loss to explain what we saw.