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Occurred : 7/4/2011 22:45 (Entered as : 7/4/11 22:45)
Reported: 10/26/2011 8:06:30 PM 20:06
Posted: 12/12/2011
Location: Northboro, MA
Shape: Fireball
Duration:4-5 minutes
July 4th, 2011 over Northboro, Massachusetts, eight adults see a large, orange fireball hovering.

My husband, daughters and I were leaving a friends’ house and as we came out the door of the house and stood on the driveway a few of us quickly noticed a glowing orange "fire" ball in the sky. The eight of us range in age from 55-18 years old.

At first we wondered if it was a plane in trouble (on fire?). But then, it seemed to be getting closer to us and my husband said it must be a hot air balloon and we were just seeing the glow of the fire in it. It was a dark night.

We were looking towards the southeast and the fireball was traveling from north to south. Next we wondered if it was a satellite, but it was traveling too slow and at times it just hovered and didn't move. That was the strangest thing of all. It was traveling in a linear path and didn’t change altitude. The altitude was hard to judge since we didn’t know what we were looking at, but it was at probably the upper limit of what a hot air balloon would travel at.

After four minutes of discussing this on the driveway, we all agreed that we had no idea what it was. We were all feeling unsettled, even my sensible engineer husband. Then, in about 10-15 seconds flat it flew up and away from us into the darkness. We watched it until it became a tiny dot and then it disappeared completely.