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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 12/6/2002 23:07 (Entered as : 12/06/02 11:07pm)
Reported: 1/3/2003 5:03:28 PM 17:03
Posted: 3/4/2003
Location: Charleston, SC
Shape: Fireball
Duration: 3-5secs
Characteristics: There were lights on the object, The object left a trail, The object changed color
This was an amazing fireball!

Location = Charleston SC Date and Time = 12/6/02 11:07pm EST approximately Fireball appeared from the W. Fireball disappeared from the E.

How long, in seconds, were you able to see it in the sky? 4 to 5sec? About 90+ off horizon when it appeared.

Disappeared at the horizon. Magnitude = moon+! Color blue, & yellow orange Clear persistent streak! Duration unknown...


This was an amazing fireball! It lit up the night sky briefly as if it were a deep blue daylight. I first noted that the dark sky began to lighten very quickly as if someone were turning on the daylight using a switch controlled by a rheostat. Like a bolt of lightning that grew in intensity over time. By the time I had eyes on it and realized that it wasn't lightning but a fireball, it must have been at about 80 of arc heading quickly toward the horizon from west to east. I had a fortunate vantage point as I was facing that direction precisely at the time. It was an awesome sight! Tied with first for my most impressive fireball observation in my 34 years of life.