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Occurred : 10/18/2017 22:00 (Entered as : 10/18/17 22:00)
Reported: 10/18/2017 10:03:39 PM 22:03
Posted: 10/19/2017
Location: Columbia, SC
Shape: Fireball
Duration:3 seconds
Very bright white ball of light, followed by a helicopter.

I'm not sure if this was actually a UFO sighting, when we all first saw it we assumed it was a shooting star. After a couple minutes went by I was thinking about other shooting stars I have seen and thought this looked a bit different.

The closest I can describe it as is being a very bright white, like an LED light, with a slight tint of blue. It was almost shooting out sparks along the outside of the circle kind of like a giant sparkler. Behind the light were bits of a dull red, similar to a bit of smoldering ash. I felt like it was diving down instead of going straight across the sky like you would see with a shooting star.

About 10 minutes later me and my wife left. I was talking to her a little bit about it and she had similar thoughts about what we saw. While we were discussing this we heard a helicopter in the sky that sounded like it was heading in the direction that this light was traveling. We were unable to see it. We were out in the suburbs and far from any kind of airport. The fact that we heard a helicopter, in the same area, seemed weird and; made me think that we saw something other that just a shooting star.