|Occurred : 11/16/1999 19:00 (Entered as : 11/16/99 19:00)
Reported: 11/18/1999 13:02
Location: Waterford, MI
|I witnessed a meteor / fireball that passed south of my location traveling from the West to the East at a fairly slow rate of speed.
I was driving south bound when my wife asked what kind of aircraft is that? I had to duck down and look up to see what she was talking about. It was a great fireball with several small pieces breaking off and trailing behind it as it traveled from the West at 260' to the East at 080'. I had to look up at about a 50' angle to see it as it passed directly in front of my vehicle's position due south of me. I continued to follow it even after it stopped burning. It turned a dark amber and I could clearly see that it was a large, somewhat round, meteor. It disappeared into the haze at the horizon between 5 to 10' elevation. I would estimate its speed to be 4 times that of the space shuttle. It was visible for atleast 30 seconds if not longer as we did not see this from the start of the event. Several local TV stations have shown home video of it which I will send by UPS.