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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 4/14/2005 11:56
Reported: 4/14/2005 6:54:10 PM 18:54
Posted: 4/16/2005
Location: Iowa City, IA
Shape: Fireball
Duration: 10 sec.
Characteristics: The object left a trail
11.56 AM 4/14/05 LOCATION: SE of Iowa City - Iowa City Airport.

Altitude perhaps 1000-1500 feet. Thin white object rapidly appears and suddently bursts into flames. Clear blue sky. I lose sight of it for about 10 seconds as I go downhill.

What is left is a column of smoke that rapidly dissolves in the light wind. Smoke column appears to be cylindrical. It starts where I saw the flames first and goes downward a few hundred or thousand feet and then ends.

Two passengers see smoke but only I saw the fires. It was like a giant Bic lighter flame. It was a big fire for the distance away, at least three miles.

Reported to 911 Johnson County Iowa about 12:10.

((NUFORC Note: We spoke with this witness via telephone, and he sounded serious-minded and credible to us. We have encouraged him to investigate the event locally, but contacting news media, law enforcement, and taxi dispatchers, in order to find other witnesses. PD))