|Occurred : 7/3/2012 21:00 (Entered as : 07/03/12 21:00)
Reported: 8/2/2012 6:26:55 PM 18:26
Location: Salem, MO
Duration:1 -3 minutes
|red ,orange glowing orb .15 mph,accelerates when flashlight is shined on it
watering garden,9 pm,facing west.observed orb 1/4 mile to the west southwest.orb traveling east northeast towards me, approx. 200 foot agl at 15 mph.full moon rising in the southeast. sw wind 8mph.vis 10 miles.80 degrees.orb continued to within 300 feet,made left turn ,heading due north.appeared as a red ,orange ,burning ember ,round,approx 15 foot in diameter,possible very small flames around the total perimeter.i phoned wife to turn off the back porchlight,run outside, look up and to her right,which she did.she observed the orb as well. her descripion is the same as mine.no sound at all. orb traveled approx 400 foot after it made its turn,then turned to the northwest.at this time i shined a very powerfull flashlight at it,blinking it 4 or 5 times.orb instantly sped up ,traveling northwest,fading in 3 or 4 seconds. rural area, very quite.i remained outside with binos and camera for 1 hr. ,it did not return.very familar with planes,choppers ,meteors,lantens,! etc. ex naval air. this was a controled flight at low ground level,not some way out there fuzzy light.