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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 8/8/2008 23:00 (Entered as : 08/08/2008 23:00)
Reported: 8/10/2008 1:19:04 PM 13:19
Posted: 8/12/2008
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Shape: Fireball
Duration: 10 minutes
Characteristics: The object left a trail, The object emitted other objects
Fire Ball object with comet like tail changing directions and dropping flares over Baton Rouge

While traveling in my automobile west bound on Interstate I-12 just before the I-12 ,I-10 split in Downtown Baton Rouge at 8:30 PM I noticed a bright object in the night sky. The object at first appeared stationary at an altitude of approximately 4000 feet. Then the object began dropping flare like objects that were falling directly towards the ground. It appeared as if it were an object that was on fire and breaking apart. Similar to an aircraft and/or a spacecraft re-entering the Earth's atmosphere. However, the object began changing directions moving at a slow speed. Then object then developed a comet like tail but much shorter in length than a normal comet. The object resembled a fireball but it never appeared to lose altitude. It remained at the same height and speed. The object flew directly towards the West approaching the Mississippi River and then turned to a Southerly direction. It would make very sharp turns, in fact, the turning radius was such that the object appeared to almost cross paths with it's on fiery tail.

The object would drop flare like objects intermittently similar to a military aircraft dispersing flares. Again having the appearance of an object on fire and breaking apart but the object continued flying at the apparent same speed and altitude. It made several complete circles and then reversed it's original course of due west and began traveling back toward my direction at an Easterly heading. The object had no visible navigation lights. No blinking lights or anything indicating that it were any form of a known aircraft. The fireball object continued in the Easterly direction directly over the city of Baton Rouge and then slowly headed South until it disappeared over the horizon.

The object was clearly visible to anyone in Baton Rouge looking up. I noticed that other vehicles traveling on I-12 were reducing their speed as I was perhaps because they were gazing at the object. I had my cell phone with me and attempted to take a picture but was afraid of being involved in an accident.

For the record: This is my fourth experience at witnessing something very unusual in the night sky. The other incidents were the typical bright objects traveling at a huge rate of speed and then sharply changing directions. However, this recent incident is different. I'm very skeptical of it being any "U.F.O." because of the flare like objects dropping from it. But it confuses me as the how the object appeared to remain intact, never losing altitude or speed and flying off into the horizon.

One final note: here is a link to a "UFO Map" where you can other testimonials of people who have witnessed the same object over Baton Rouge. Peter Duffield