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Sighting Report
Occurred : 4/30/1999 (Entered as : 4/30/99)
Reported: 9/10/1999 17:04
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Interstate between C. Girardeau, MO & Cairo, IL, MO
Shape: Other
Duration:10 sec
Night sky lit up like daylight.

Sometime last spring- I beleive it was toward trhe end of April, I was driving on the Interstate highway between Cape Girardeau, MO and Cairo, IL. I was perhaps 10-15 miles away from Cairo when the night sky lit up like daytime. It was very strange as it stayed lit for approximately 8-10 seconds. This was reported on a local radio station as having lit up the entire area of Southern Missouri and Illinois. They claimed it was a meteor. If so it was a very very bright one. It seemd to be very strange at the time but I had forgotten it until I recently heard about the instance in New Mexico and it sounded just like the same type of event. At 44 years of age, I have never experienced anything like this before.