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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 11/20/1997 23:00 (Entered as : 11/20/97 23:00)
Reported: 8/4/1999 04:28
Posted: 8/10/1999
Location: Cedar River, MI
Shape: Fireball
Duration: 5 seconds
Characteristics: The object left a trail, There was an aura or haze around the object
Bright Green Fireball over the Green Bay of Lake Michigan. Fireball went straight up and then down at high rate of speed. The Fireball had a long tail of greenish-gold "sparks".

I was sitting on a couch in front of a fireplace at our family cottage in Cedar River, when I noticed a light moving quickly over my shoulder. I glanced out of the sliding glass door and saw what I believed to be a green flare shoot up out of vision above the window/door. A few seconds later this same green ball fell down out of my line of vision. I jumped up to see if the ball would hit the water, but could see nothing. It had either not entered the water, or did so before I could stand to see over the back of the couch. This sighting was over the Green Bay of Lake Michigan. Thinking that what I had seen was a distress flare from a boat, I called the local Sheriff's department to advise the water rescue unit. I was told that there was no green marine flares used and that it was probably fireworks. A few days later, I had seen a T.V. news story about many such sightnings from Chicago, IL to Green Bay, WI over Lake Michigan. The object was very bright green with a long tail of much lighter green-gold "sparks". The fireball appeared to move straight up, but the tail had a slight cork screw type of undulation. I could hear no sound, but I was inside of a cabin with a radio. My wife was also with me, but did not turn soon enough to see the object. I saw the same type of fireball two more times that same autumn (11/97) and once again the following year (11/98). Three of the four sightings were of the object shooting up and falling back down, one of the four was only of the object falling. Because of the windows I was viewing through, I never saw the object reach apogee or fall into the water. My wife also did see one of the other subsequent objects with me. I am in managment of a small manufacturing company.