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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 7/4/2010 21:00 (Entered as : 07/04/10 21:00)
Reported: 7/6/2010 11:04:42 PM 23:04
Posted: 7/10/2010
Location: Branson, MO
Shape: Fireball
Duration: 5 min
Characteristics: There were lights on the object
fireball over missouri seen july 4th, 2010

on the evening of july 4th, 2010 just prior to the local fireworks display, i observed a red-orange object in the skys directly overhead of my location in southwest missiouri, approximately 3miles from where the fireworks display was to take place. when first observed i thought the object had a somewhat wedge shape and was a very bright reddish orange color, moving from a south to north direction at a very high rate of speed. i immediately determined that the object was in fact not conventional aircraft because there were no flashing beacons as are commonly seen on aircraft in US airspace. i was able to capture an image of the object as i had my camera with me in anticipation of the fireworks display which began approximately 10-15 minutes after the sighting. when viewed thru the camera perhaps because of the aperature it appeared as a simple round object. i could only guess the object was perhaps 10 or 20 times the size of a jet liner and as it sped t! o the north it at one point disappeared into the overhead cloud cover briefly. it moved at a much higher rate of speed than any conventional aircraft and i would guess it took approximately 5 minutes to travel from a direction due south of me until it disappeared from view in the north.