|Occurred : 11/3/2012 18:45 (Entered as : 11/03/12 18:45)
Reported: 11/4/2012 9:49:26 PM 21:49
Location: Goldendale, WA
|A bright white fireball with long tail was seen heading toward the outlying areas of Goldendale, WA.
My husband and I were driving home from Portland, Oregon, and were passing through Goldendale, WA on Highway 97 going north toward Yakima, WA. There are many wind turbines in this area and we had just finished ascending a relatively steep hill when we saw what we thought was, at first, a shooting star. However, unlike a shooting star, the light did not dissipate and the tail did not break up rapidly. Instead, the object (and its long tail) maintained a strong, vibrant white light with what I saw to be brilliant blue undertones. It appeared to be following a downward trajectory that, in relation to the horizon was angled at approximately 12 degrees. Its descent toward the outlying areas of Goldendale was extremely fast.
My husband and I were surprised to find no mention of this occurrence in today’s local news headlines as we were certain that this object was headed toward the Earth’s surface and would, most likely, make a significant impact.