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Occurred : 10/4/1998 21:15 (Entered as : 10/04/98 21:15)
Reported: 10/7/1998 06:48
Posted: 3/4/2003
Location: Goat Island/Isle of Palm (between, Intracoastal Waterway), SC
Shape: Fireball
Duration:@ 7 Seconds
glowing ball with fire-like tail shooting across sky from Atlantic Ocean toward United States...ball began to fade out then shot off again in a different direction (@ 30 degrees down toward Earth)...then faded out completely. the entire event took @ 7 Seconds. the first shoot was @4 Seconds & the second @ 3 Seconds

I live on an island you can only get to by boat. We spent all day working on a dock I am building on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. It was time to take my family across the river so they could get in their car and drive home. It was around 9:15pm on Sunday, October 4th, 1998. I know that because my sister had to be at her home by 9:00pm and we were running late. We were in a boat. We left from my dock on Goat Island, SC and went across the river to a dock on Isle of Palms, SC. We were unloading my family and their things off the boat. I was facing south down the Intracoastal Waterway. Over my left shoulder I saw a double blue flash out the corner of my eye. I thought it was lightning and turned around very quickly to my left to see. I saw a ball about the size of a soccer ball. The sphere was glowing yellow and faded red glow around the ball. It had an extremely long tail about 10 times the size of the ball. The tail faded from red to blue. I could see all the colors of the spectrum . the red was directly behind the ball and went to orange, yellow, green then blue. the tail also tapered out to a point at the end. The ball & tail was above Isle of Palms when I first saw it. It moved horizontal (parallel to Earth) for about 4 full seconds. Once it was above the waterway it reduced in intensity and began to fade out. Then it shot off again at about a 30 degree angle toward Earth...still headed away form the ocean...west. that took about 3 seconds. then faded out completely. I was with my boyfriend, in his boat. That was the second time we witnessed the same type of event. The other was June 28th, 1998. This time the rest of my immediate family was there and saw it too. (my mom, dad & 2 sisters)

((NUFORC Note: Similar report from same source, and in same location, for the date of 06/28/98. We do not know which is the correct date. PD))