NUFORC Sighting 179245

Occurred: 2023-11-03 11:12 Local
Reported: 2023-11-03 10:51 Pacific
Duration: No more than 10 minutes
No of observers: 2

Location: Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Location details: Just south of Old Colorado City close to Dutch Bros

Shape: Sphere
Characteristics: Lights on object, Aura or haze around object, Aircraft nearby

Flashing red hot air balloon look-alike

We stepped outside to look for a plane that just flew overhead to get a closer look, when my partner pointed at something else. In the distance, higher up in the sky away from this plane was what looked like a red flashing light over the military base but way up.

I considered for a moment that it could be a hot air balloon spinning and catching the sun and flashing when the fire flashed, but it was moving way too fast to be a hot air balloon. It did look about the shape of a hot air balloon and even between flashes it appeared red but it had way too much altitude and was traveling too quickly. Then it changed directions, more than once over the course of several minutes, continuing to intermittently flash a bright red light. My partner says he could see almost a red trail when the red flashes ocurred. The air around the object as well appeared slightly distorted, like when you see heat waves coming off a vehicle during the summer and it distorts the look of the air near it. My partner says he saw what he thinks a sonic boom would do to the air.

It grew further away until finally clouds were in the way and we could no longer see it.

Now we are watching a bunch of airplanes leave trails that are becoming long clouds and covering this previously beautiful clear blue sky.

Posted 2023-12-09

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