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Occurred : 8/14/2011 20:10 (Entered as : 8/14/2011 20:10)
Reported: 8/14/2011 7:58:40 PM 19:58
Posted: 8/21/2011
Location: Ridgway, IL
Shape: Fireball
Duration:30 sec
while looking at the clouds at dusk, I saw a medium speed and altitude fireball traveling from SW to NE at an altitude of approx 5000ft

at 8:10pm CST I was outside looking at the clouds rolling in from the south at dusk, trying to determine if they were storm clouds or not, and suddenly I saw an orange fireball moving at a medium rate of speed - about that of a commercial airplane - just above the cloud cover in the clear part of the sky, the object appeared to be at an altitude of approx 5000ft, traveling from southwest to northeast - against the wind direction at ground level. object made no sound, and increased in brightness as if surging or charging before I lost visual. There were lots of other aircraft with signal strobes flying in my area for the next hour or so immediately following this sighting, propeller aircraft and rotor aircraft - dark in color.