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Occurred : 12/2/2001 10:52:09 AM 01:10 (Entered as : 01:10)
Reported: 12/4/2001 11:26:17 PM 23:26
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Peoria, AZ
Shape: Fireball
Duration:30 minutes?
A flying object appeared to be on fire, South of the West Phoenix Valley.

On December 2, 2001, at approximately 01:10 hours; from the city of Peoria looking due South, I noticed what appeared to be a very bright red star about 70 degrees high from the horizon. In amazement over its intensity for being about the size of the end of a pencil eraser, I told my spouse that "even if it was Mars it sure was bright." I then went into the house to get my binoculars.

Within the four to five minutes that lapsed while I was in the house the red star appeared to have dropped and/or moved down about 15 degrees and was slightly larger than previously noticed. The object dropped down to about 35 degrees above the horizon before it changed directions towards the West, now moving horizontally! After moving horizontally for approximately four to five minutes, the object suddenly expanded at least three times its initial size into a fire pulsing motion (for about two minutes), before the glow of the object succeeded back to its initial size.

After another three to four minutes, pieces or parts appeared to be falling from or breaking off the flying object while it continued moving horizontally. Eight of the nine glowing objects that fell straight down, faded or burned out with 20 seconds, while the largest falling glow did not fade in intensity and appeared to fall intact somewhere Northwest of Gila Bend. The flying object continued West for approximately six minutes before it disappeared.