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Occurred : 10/13/2013 19:40 (Entered as : 10/13/13 19:40)
Reported: 10/14/2013 5:00:45 PM 17:00
Posted: 10/23/2013
Location: Mechanicsburg, PA
Shape: Fireball
Duration:2-3 minutes
Ball of flames moving slowly across the night sky and witnessed by 4 people.

I was standing outside my daughter’s house at 7:40 in the evening talking with her when she looked past me and asked, “What in the world is THAT?” I could see the shock on her face from the glow of the moon.

I turned to see what she was looking at and saw a large object that appeared to be on fire. It was difficult to tell how high up it was, or how large it might have been, but it was about half the size of the moon at that point.

It moved very slowly and purposely, as if on some kind of course. I couldn’t make out any vehicle, which would have been illuminated by the moon.

The fire appeared to be in the shape of a ball. All we could see were orange and yellow flames, as if a large candle was flickering. It couldn’t have been a hot air balloon or Chinese lantern, since the entire object was in flames.

It didn’t move along with any wind current, but instead moved in the pattern that a plane would move. Then I thought maybe a plane was on fire, but we still couldn’t make out any specific shape under the flames.

It was totally silent – no sound of an engine of any kind. We watched it for 2 to 3 minutes before it slowly disappeared into the night sky as a tiny speck. It was moving from southeast to northwest and appeared to go higher in altitude the further away it got from us.