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Occurred : 2/16/2004 22:05 (Entered as : 02/16/2004 22:05)
Reported: 2/16/2004 10:19:16 PM 22:19
Posted: 3/2/2004
Location: Seattle, WA
Shape: Rectangle
Duration:1 minute
'burning paper'

I was out on my north facing 3rd floor deck of my apartment on Capitol Hill in Seattle. I saw what looked like a burning sheet of paper rising and traveling north by north east and rising. It glowed orange about the same brightness and colour as a cigarette. It seemed to be moving away quicker than could be explained by wind currents but I cannot estimate it's distance since I don't know it's size and it was above the level of any landmarks when first spoted, I thought at first it was some paper burning, but it didn't go out, it moved away.

I suppose it is possible that that is what it was, and that its apparent motion was caused by it reducing in size and going out but it did not "look" like that.

a commercial aircraft came about 1 minute later traveling the usual take off route from seatac moving north and then turning east while over Queen Anne & Capitol Hill and moving directly over my apartment.

Unfortunately I spent too long gawking and did not get a photo.