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Occurred : 7/4/2012 22:11 (Entered as : 07/04/1222 22:11)
Reported: 7/4/2012 7:38:39 PM 19:38
Posted: 8/5/2012
Location: Louisville, KY
Shape: Disk
Duration:30 seconds
Glowing orange ball traveled across the sky in Fern Creek area

My family and I gathered on the deck behind our house in the Fern Creek area of Louisville, Kentucky around 10 pm eastern time to watch the neighborhood fireworks being lit on 4th of July. I, my wife, and 2 teen aged daughters were present.

At 10:11 pm, a glowing orange object appeared in the northeastern sky. The object was traveling very quickly in a southeast direction, and it disappeared in the southern sky about 30 seconds later. The object was flying at an altitude lower than airplanes in the area travel. The object did not make any sound. It was evident from both the altitude of the object, the distance it traveled, its size, and the fact that it made no sound that it was not fireworks. The fireworks being lit in the neighborhood were of the consumer variety, not the kind used by professional fireworks show producers.

One witness, my 19 year old daughter, described the object at "a round orange ball." She also described it as looking like "a crown."

My wife described it as "glowing," and appearing to look like "a hot air balloon."

My 14 year old daughter described it as "red, glowing, pentagon of fire."

Due to the area’s proximity to the Louisville International Airport approximately 8 miles away and Bowman Field airport about 5 miles away, there is a lot of aircraft in the area at all hours of the day and night. However, it was evident to all of us this was not a commercial or private aircraft.