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Occurred : 11/28/1997 00:45 (Entered as : 11/28/97 00:45 or 00:50)
Reported: 12/2/1997 00:44
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: St. Paul, MN
Shape: Fireball
Duration:5 secs., max
Summary : An orange "shooting star" in the SSE area of the sky.

This object was very orange. I'd never seen an object this orange, and it fizzled, throwing off sparks as it fell. It ended with a visual "poof." It was like a pop-bottle rocket in reverse. I saw this driving home from work. I can easily believe it was just a piece of meteor or space junk that got unusually close to the earth to flame and spark so much. Most other shooting stars I've seen have been white and made a thin white line as they've streaked across the sky. This seemed to have a more downward motion to the earth. I wouldn't report it other than the fact that I heard Peter's report on the Art Bell show, and was wondering if the sighting in Chicago occurred at this time. I didn't catch the day or time of the sighting. If this seems to fit the description of a regular falling star, then I apologize for having taken your time. It's just that I'd never seen a shooting star this orange. Thanks. BTW, I work as a copy editor at a daily newspaper here in the Twin Cities and am skeptical-to-open about UFOs, etc.