Occurred: 2014-04-12 20:00 Local
Reported: 2014-05-07 21:39 Pacific
Duration: 3 seconds
No of observers: 1

Location: Tucson, AZ, USA

Shape: Fireball
Characteristics: Lights on object

Fluorescent green fireball seen from Catalina over the Santa Catalina Mountains.

I walked out my front door (which faces east toward the Santa Catalina Mountains) about 8 pm to let my dog relieve himself. There are no street lights in this area so it was quite dark. As I was facing east, there was a brilliant fluorescent green fireball that streaked in a downward arch toward the north. I just saw it for a couple seconds before it went behind a neighbors large tree. There are mountains that line most of my east view and it arched below the level of the mountain ridge. I didn't see any sign of the fireball after it passed behind the tree. It appeared to be some distance away (about 3 miles), but was quite large compared to the usual air traffic lights I've seen in this area (all manner of private, commercial, and military planes and helicopters). As it was only green, it did not resemble any aircraft light I have previously seen, both in configuration, size, or hue. As I have been around military aircraft my whole life and am a pri! vate pilot I am quite familiar with the color and formation of running lights and this was in no way one I have ever seen before. It is pretty quiet here as there are no major roads or traffic around here, especially at this time of night, so it was quite easy to observe that there was no associated sound with this. Shortly after seeing this I saw and heard a couple firetrucks speeding in that direction although I don't know if that is where they ultimately were headed, especially since there are no roads that I know of that would have taken them to the area I saw the light.

Posted 2014-05-08

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