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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 8/2/2008 22:32 (Entered as : 08/02/08 22:32)
Reported: 8/3/2008 8:44:43 AM 08:44
Posted: 8/12/2008
Location: Riverside, CA
Shape: Flash
Duration: 2-3 seconds
Characteristics: The object left a trail
Large flash, bright streak in the sky

On 08/02/2008 about 2232 I was sitting on my back porch, looking at the sky, when I saw an extremely bright white flash low in the sky to the south of my location. After the flash I saw a large, wide trail streaking towards the southwest. The trail was yellowish in color, with green towards the leading edge. After the flash and trail disappeared, there were two parallel gray streaks which lasted for several seconds. It didnít look like any meteor or fireball I have ever seen, maybe space debris re-entering? It looked more like some type of exhaust trail or plume from a missile.

I checked the local paper and the internet for any other reports, all I could locate was the following entry in an astronomy message board. Maybe someone can identify what TV station the person is talking about.

Object crashed by Ca. border last night.

Just heard on the news that an object was observed, looking much like a meteor, but changing directions, then hit the ground. News reported within sixteen minutes a bevy of military helicopters appeared, one being a large carrier that picked up the item, still glowing, and left due north towards Vegas.

Anyone hear, see, know anything about this? Wondering if the Riverside group that's having a Star Party this weekend saw it.