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Occurred : 1/6/2011 19:30 (Entered as : 1/6/11 19:00)
Reported: 1/6/2011 9:35:42 PM 21:35
Posted: 1/31/2011
Location: Wildomar, CA
Shape: Fireball
A glowing sphere fell from the sky. split into 3 pieces, hovered i mid air for quite a while, then suddenly vanished

On Thursday, January 6, 2011, at approximately 7:30pm we were sitting in my friend’s living room watching TV when her dad exclaimed there was a meteor outside so we all quickly ran outside and I observed a fairly large bright, white ball of fire, maybe about 1/5 of the size of the moon (the moon was not in the sky at the time), with a short, fiery tail of glittering matter trailing behind it. It was located about 45 degrees from the horizon in the west from our perspective. It continued to fall slowly downward in the sky as a whole for about 20 seconds. Then it suddenly split into 3 equally sized fiery balls and continued to fall at a slightly slower rate for about 15 seconds, when all 3 objects simultaneously stopped falling, the bright spheres where still as bright as before. They continued to hover in the middle of the sky and moved slightly to the left but did not move downward at all. Then they slowly started to revolve around in a horizontal circle. They only circled for about 7 seconds then stopped and continued to hover in the same spot. Then the 3 floating objects appeared to be moving backwards, away from us, slightly. Suddenly, one by one, all 3 balls quickly vanished into thin air, almost as if they zoomed off into the clouds extremely fast. They did not dissolve slowly or fade away, they abruptly disappeared into the night sky. I would say the bright objects hovered in the sky for a total time of at least 1 minute. The whole experience from start to finish lasted about 2 minutes. I did take 4 pictures with the camera on my cell phone. I took one picture while the fiery ball was falling as one whole, another after the object split into 3 pieces, one more when the 3 spheres where revolving in a circle, and a last just after the objects vanished into the night.

((NUFORC Note: Suspected parachute jumpers. PD))