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Occurred : 7/4/2014 23:15 (Entered as : 7/4/14 23:00)
Reported: 7/4/2014 10:04:58 PM 22:04
Posted: 7/5/2014
Location: Cottleville, MO
Shape: Fireball
Duration:2 minutes
13 Red firelike objects in the sky in a staggered formation above Cottleville, Missouri.

I saw a weird light in the sky at about 10 pm on 7/4/14. It was like a small fire in the sky. It was not a firework. It just hovered there above the tree line about a mile away. I dismissed it because we had just watched the firework display in Kirkwood Park.

I drove home to Cottleville, Missouri, and walked out to my back yard around 11:15 and I saw 13 objects in the sky exactly like the one I saw in Kirkwood except these were moving slowly West at about the speed of a hot air balloon. There was no noise. They were all in a staggered formation at the same speed and remained equidistant from each other the entire time. A single object lagged behind the main group but didn't seem desperate to "catch up".

Then 3 more appeared in a perfect triangle formation when they passed by and stayed that way until they disappeared. It looked clear in the middle of the triangle...so I'm confident it was 3 individual lights not connected to each other in any way.

I looked for an outline around each object such as a parachute or balloon but I couldn't see any thing attached. The objects' altitude remained constant until they disappeared in the distance. It seemed like they slowly flickered out but I'm not sure...maybe they just faded into the distance. I can't imagine hot air balloons floating in the sky that late at night during a time when people are lighting off big fireworks in the neighborhood. Seems idiotic to me… And why did I see one earlier all the way southeast of where I was in Kirkwood just an hour earlier?

So strange. It was eerie and confusing.