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Occurred : 5/25/2009 00:00 (Entered as : 05/25/09 0:00)
Reported: 5/16/2010 9:46:06 PM 21:46
Posted: 6/3/2010
Location: Tempe, AZ
Duration:20 seconds
High altitude night flare over residential area?

I am reporting this nearly a year after the experience, but due to online messaging logs I can tell precisely when it was.

I was out in my backyard smoking when all of a sudden, my surroundings became illuminated as if in daylight, or at least a very strong overhead light.

Frozen in fear, I looked up at the sky, seconds after the illumination began, and witnessed only what appeared to be a white burning horizontal column moving across the sky, appearing to be very high in altitude, and casting off white embers.

There was no sound, nor detectable smells, and the white column appeared to "burn out," in any event going away with the illumination receding.

Some type of aerial flare or what?

((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous; provides no contact information. PD))