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Occurred : 12/15/2000 21:00 (Entered as : 12/15/00 21:00)
Reported: 2/1/2001 21:57
Posted: 2/25/2003
Location: Austin, TX
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Duration:.5 seconds
Flare-like object blasts across sky at unthinkable speed over Austin Texas

I was driving out by the lake on my way home from my sister's house in Lakeway, a town right outside of Austin, Texas. It was about 9:00pm and very cold out (on the verge of freezing). I happened to look up and to my surprize a flare-like object shot throught the sky as if it had been fired out of a gun. It was faster than anything I have ever seen before. My initial thought was that of a bottle Rocket, but no bottle rocket travels at the speed that this thing was moving. The most interesting part of this is that the object fired off from a central point in the sky. Its as if the object was floating and then just suddenly blasted off. The object immediately formed a vapor trail. This was the strangest vapor trail I have ever seen in that it had a vibrant white glow and it sort of looked like a dark blueish outline formed around the edges of the trail. I am possitive that it wasnt a space shuttle landing, because I have seen the trail that forms from a space shuttle and this was far bigger and brighter. Once again, nothing has ever passed my eyes at the speed that this thing was traveling. I also noticed that although it seemed like it was only 200 or so feet above me at the start, as I drove into a clearing over Lake Travis (right by Mansfeild Dam) the trail looked like it was 5 miles high. I have explained my sighting to the best of my memory. I must say that this has opened my eyes a little to the possibility of extraterrestrial airships.

((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. PD))