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Occurred : 7/4/2015 21:55 (Entered as : 07/04/2015 21:55)
Reported: 7/6/2015 12:04:39 PM 12:04
Posted: 7/6/2015
Location: Columbia, MO
Shape: Light
Duration:10 minutes
Report from Barbara Becker, Missouri Investigators Group. If you are in Missouri please contact me at to discuss any possible sightings you might have now or in the past. Of course, always file a report at the UFOCENTER.COM.

The fireworks display in downtown Columbia, Mo. ended around 9:35PM and we started home over Stadium Blvd. Turning west on Broadway my husband, Greg, who was driving, and I noticed a bright red light in the western sky moving north toward Venus and Jupiter. We watched for a few seconds and it appeared to be an airplane so we lost interest. We then turned north onto Silvey Rd.. Silvey turns into a very steep hill before it reaches I-70 Drive SW. ( When you are at the top of the descent, visually, you are almost directly across from the tops of the trees on the other side of I-70 Drive SW.

It was at this time we saw a large, fire engine red object, a little smaller than a dime at arm’s length, just above the tops of the trees. It appeared round, with a little “haze” circling the perimeter which could be attributable to the smoke from neighborhood firework displays. I lowered my window but did not hear any sound other than our car.

As we descended the! hill, the object was still visible but was somewhat obscured by the trees. My husband turned west onto I-70 Drive SW and we attempted to keep it in view but couldn’t. We crossed Sorrel’s Overpass (a road over Highway 70) and turned west onto I-70 Drive NW then north on Gibbs Rd. and then east hoping to get another view from a highpoint overlooking a forested area which was once a Christmas tree farm but we had lost it. This object appeared very close to us, between I-70Drive SW (38.966995, -92.389620) and W. Gibbs Rd. (38.973707, -92.389698) but that is purely a guess. (Use Google Maps for coordinates.) In retrospect I wonder if the light we originally saw while driving over Broadway was really a plane.