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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 12/2/2003 17:30 (Entered as : 12/02/1903 17:30)
Reported: 12/4/2003 12:56:28 PM 12:56
Posted: 12/9/2003
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Shape: Light
Duration: 30 seconds
Characteristics: There were lights on the object, The object left a trail
Slow-moving comet-like object

Single orange-colored light rose above buildings to the east, trailing what appeared to be sparks. I initially assumed it was a firework, but to my amazement, it continued to rise and move westward, with a "spark" still falling from the object every second or so. It traversed the entire sky in about 30 seconds and disappeared from view over the western horizon. I'm an aeronautical engineer and have never seen anything like it.

(NUFORC Note: We presume the witness intended a date in the year 2003, and we have changed the date above accordingly. We believe the error arises from a glitch in our Online Report Form. PD))