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Occurred : 12/11/2004 20:00 (Entered as : 12/11/1904 20:00)
Reported: 12/20/2004 3:24:57 PM 15:24
Posted: 1/19/2005
Location: Baltimore, MD
Shape: Fireball
Duration:4 seconds
Multicolored fireball in west Balitmore City near the county line

On December 11, 2004, at about 8:00pm, I saw what appeared to be a fireball (actually, it looked like a large flaming Christmas tree with multicolored lights and a tail) flying through the air, as my spouse and I were shopping at a strip mall on Security Boulevard, across from Fox Chevrolet, in west Baltimore City (near the city/county line).

It appeared for approximately 5 seconds, as I first glimpsed it out of the corner of my eye. It seemed to change direction and head toward the ground. At first I thought that it was a plane or helicopter ablaze, en route to crashing. It was very fleeting, and by the time I mentioned it to my spouse and she turned to see it, it vanished. We drove to where it appeared to have crashed/landed, but we found nothing.

When we got in, I checked the evening news on the telly and saw no report of anything related. I then got on-line and did a search. Fortunately, I came across this web-site, but no one had posted anything related at that time.

It very well could have been a meteor, though I did a search for comets and meteors on-line and didn't find anything that really resembled what I saw.