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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 12/3/2001 20:00 (Entered as : 12/03/01 20:00)
Reported: 2/24/2002 5:24:18 AM 05:24
Posted: 3/19/2002
Location: Columbia, SC
Shape: Fireball
Duration: 3 seconds
I saw a flaming object falling from the sky at a tremendous rate of speed.

I was driving down Gervaise Street, approaching Millwood Avenue, and heading, I would guess, in a northerly or north-easterly direction. Suddenly, I saw a flaming object falling out of the sky at a tremendous rate of speed. I would guess that it fell at about a 30 degree angle. I lost sight of it when it fell below the tree line. I screamed and prepared for an explosion, but there was none. I have no idea what I saw, but I thought it was an aircraft in flames. Just seconds after that, I heard sirens and thought emergency vehicles were on the way to the site. They passed me and turned up another street. I followed them, but they went to the scene of an auto accident. I found out later that there would be a meteor shower 7-10 days after the sighting and wondered if this could have been an early arrival. My 7-year old son was with me and saw it also. I am a college graduate and fairly intelligent. I am pretty logical and have never witnessed anything like this before. If it was a meteor, it was extremely close to the ground. As I said, I really expected to see an explosion when it hit the ground.

((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. PD))