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Occurred : 7/4/2011 21:20 (Entered as : 07/04/2011 21:20)
Reported: 7/4/2011 10:36:52 PM 22:36
Posted: 7/6/2011
Location: Rockford, IL
Shape: Fireball
Duration:3 minutes
Single orange fireball that moved slowly East to West, stopped and slowly disappeared.

We were sitting on the Chestnut Bridge in Rockford, IL waiting for the fireworks to start on July 4, 2011. The street lights had just come on (I believe it was around 21:20) when my daughter saw what appeared to be a single orange circular fireball.

She nudged me and asked what it was. I had no idea. We watched it travel slowly from East to West, when it stopped moving and the light slowly faded and disappeared. There was no sound emitted from the object.

We saw several people in the crowd look up at it, but no one offered any explanations.

I saw something that looked exactly the same on Saturday, July 2, on the lake at Apple Canyon, IL, waiting for their fireworks to begin which was also around 21:20. It had the same shape and color (circular and orange)and there was only 1. It moved slowly West to East.

I watched it for a minute when I got distracted by someone and averted my eyes for only a moment. When I went to watch it some more, the object was gone.

I am not one of those people who believe in UFO’s, but thus far, no one has offered a reasonable explanation as to what the object was.


((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous; provides little contact information. PD))