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Occurred : 9/11/2004 20:45 (Entered as : 09/11/2004 20:45)
Reported: 9/13/2004 7:14:57 AM 07:14
Posted: 9/29/2004
Location: Fair Haven, NY
Shape: Fireball
Duration:5-10 min.
Orange light which traversed the starlite sky from due south to due north

While sailing on Lake Ontario approximately 1 mile offshore from Fair Haven New York the four of us, all adults, observed an orange fireball as bright as an aircrafts landing light rising out of the south. This fireball continued unabated across the zenith on into the northern night sky. At approximately 30 to 40 degrees above the northern horizon part of the fireball detached itself, seeming to plummet earthward, and the fireball became much dimmer. I suspect that we witnessed a satellite launch but can find no record of an announced launch. The evening was crystal clear with a slight off-shore breeze. We had an unobstructed view of this event.