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Occurred : 7/4/2010 21:00 (Entered as : 07/04/10 21:00)
Reported: 8/5/2010 2:45:28 PM 14:45
Posted: 8/24/2010
Location: Lombard, IL
Shape: Fireball
Duration:1 hour
Possible explanation for some of the July 4 reports

After dusk we saw orange, yellow, and red fireballs travelling across the sky. They looked identical to the descriptions given in multiple reports and the video on your homepage. We had no idea what they were. Later in the night we were watching some people light off fireworks and saw them lighting what were called Chinese flying lanterns. They were obviously what we saw earlier in the night. I think these could explain alot of your reports.

What's odd is that we haven't seen these things in past years but this year we saw them on a few different occasions including a whole bunch at the Chicagoland NASCAR race.