|Occurred : 10/25/2006 20:54 (Entered as : 10/25/2006 20:54)
Reported: 10/25/2006 6:18:46 PM 18:18
Location: St. Augustine, FL
|Sparking fireball in sky heading north to south
Driving home from work late 8:54pm EST. Passed through the community guard gate and saw a fireball with trailing sparks about the size of an out-stretched arm's thumb.
Saw it only for a second through the trees as I drove.
Once I cleared the trees and got a better look it was farther away and not sparking as much.
I drove around the corner to get a better look (should have gone forward 1/2 mile to the only hill in the community but wasn't thinking) but it was elusive due to the tall slash pines around me.
As I drove nearer my house and hopefully to a clearer spot. there was another car stopped watching it too. I asked them what they saw and they said the same thing big fire ball like a plane was on fire.
They followed it and might have seen more because they were in a better spot.
As we watched it move slowly away from us (south -southeast) it began to vary in brightness with the sparks starting and stopping. I heard no noise.
Looked like the object was traveling about the speed of an aircraft but I didn't see any flashing lights on it other than the sparks. Really looked like a plane on fire but there was no sound.
Other planes were in the air but farther way.
I live near a small airport, its probably a faulty engine but very few jet engine craft fly from the airport and not many at all at this time of night.
I called the police they are coming over to make a report.