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Occurred : 1/7/2004 16:50 (Entered as : 01/07/2004 16:50)
Reported: 1/8/2004 6:58:53 PM 18:58
Posted: 1/17/2004
Location: El Segundo, CA
Shape: Sphere
Duration:15 seconds
High speed ball follows jet, and becomes two smaller objects.

I observed a lear jet, approx 3-5000 feet and climbing,traveling southwest probably out of Hawthorne airport. I then saw a black ball about 1/3 the size of the jet approach at a very high speed from the east. I thought I was seeing a missle heading for the jet. Then the object stopped, and began following the jet ! At that point I said to my friend, "what the hell is that"? He replied, a UFO! The object followed the jet for about 5 seconds, then the object split into 2 objects!(Horizontally or left and right) These objects were half the size of the original ball, and looked either white or metallic, as they now looked to have the same reflectivity as the jet. We watched these two smaller spheres follow the jet for approx. 5 more seconds until the three objects traveled out of our range of sight.