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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 8/3/2008 00:10 (Entered as : 8/3/08 00:10)
Reported: 8/3/2008 2:00:30 PM 14:00
Posted: 8/12/2008
Location: Orondo (near), WA
Shape: Fireball
Duration: 2 secs max
Characteristics: The object left a trail
Fireball sighting with apparent explosion

Early August 3, 2008 right at 12:10 AM I was driving south from Chelan WA along the Columbia River heading to East Wenatchee on Hiway 97 when I saw a brilliant fireball streaking apparently west to east it was visible for perhaps 2 seconds at most. What was unusual was that instead of the soft white light usually associated with meteorites this exhibited a brilliant white light with a slight golden hue and without the usual long streaking tail seen along with a typical meteor. Instead of a tail there were tongues of red flame flying out from behind. The fireball, to my left from my vantage point as I drove along, disappeared behind Badger Mountain and as it went behind the crest of the hill I could see the glow which then momentarily grew very intense and then collapsed which would indicate that it had exploded