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Occurred : 6/27/2012 23:30 (Entered as : 06/27/2012 23:30)
Reported: 6/27/2012 10:13:13 PM 22:13
Posted: 7/4/2012
Location: Iowa City, IA
Shape: Fireball
Duration:~5 min
Hovering fireball north of Iowa City

I was leaving the parking lot of Wal-Mart in Iowa City with my girlfriend when I noticed a strange looking bright red/orange fireball in the northern sky. As we were in close proximity to the airport I initially thought it was some sort of airplane or helicopter, however the light was very unlike any aircraft I am familiar with. I had my girlfriend pull the car over to the side of the road and we both witnessed this very strange, bright, shimmering firelight hovering in the northern sky. After a couple of minutes she continued driving east down Highway 6 as I remained fixated on the object through her window (which places the object essentially due north of Iowa City). As we crossed over the Iowa River on Highway 6 the object suddenly faded and vanished into nothing. I have no explanation for what I have seen tonight and I am utterly dumbfounded, so much so that I felt compelled to file this report in hopes that there is some explanation.