|Occurred : 4/20/2007 23:00 (Entered as : 04/20/07 23:00)
Reported: 4/24/2007 3:35:52 AM 03:35
Location: Fort Collins, CO
|Looking towards the mountains (west) from fort collins, co. A large, bright green, spherical object appeared suddenly and proceeded to fall downwards at a diagonal angle pointing roughly north for approximately 3-4 seconds at around 11pm on the evening of 4/20 (no - we weren't stoned, the date is coincidental). It left an orange fiery trail. It appeared to be slightly larger than the moon and was extremely bright. It gave the appearance of burning up - almost like a plane crashing or something. Far too bright and large to be a meteor or a piece of space junk - especially with all the light pollution from the town. It appeared to be extremely close, 15 miles at the most, and very low altitude.
My first thought was that it was actually a jet aircraft crashing.. the igniting fuel could explain the color... but there were no reports of anything of the sort.
I thought about the possibility of a flare or fireworks... but the altitude seemed too high for that, plus there was no explosion, and the light appeared suddenly in the sky and continued on a steady trajectory heading diagonally downwards at what appeared to be free-fall speed - I don't know of any pyrotechnics that can behave like that.
Since it looked as though something had crashed and it was extremely nearby, we drove up to the reservoir in the foothills just west of town and looked around. We didn't see anything out of the ordinary.
Could this have been some kind of military exercise? The nearest USAF base is cheyenne , wy - about 1 hour drive north, along with another about 3 hours drive south in CO springs. Was there anything scheduled for that night? Did anyone else see this?
((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous; provides no contact information. PD))