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Occurred : 7/31/2000 21:00 (Entered as : 7/31/00 21:00)
Reported: 1/4/2001 17:24
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Hopewell, VA
Shape: Fireball
Duration:3-5 secs
Two witnesses saw a huge neon-green fireball travelling parallel to the ground, behind treetops, near Richmond VA on I-295

Two witnesses in a car observed a large neon-green ball or fireball travelling at a high speed through the air. The car was travelling on I-295 from Richmond, VA towards Petersburg, VA between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. It was extremely dark because of a storm. I noted heat lightning. The green ball followed a path that was parallel to I-295, parallel to our direction of travel (towards Petersburg), and parallel to the ground surface. We could see about 2/3rds of the object behind the treetops adjacent to the highway. I am a 46 year old female with a PhD in geology. My passenger was a 10 year old Japanese American boy who shouted, "Look, Godzilla", when we both saw the object. My first impression was that it was a meteor, and looked like a speeding planet. But it was travelling parallel to the ground. Also, if a tail were present it was very small. There could have been small bubble-like features close to the ball.