Occurred: 2002-10-11 20:36:00 Local
Location: Dallas, TX, USA
Shape: Fireball
Duration: 3 Seconds
No of observers: 1
Reported: 2002-10-20 20:54:48 Pacific
Posted: 2002-10-28 00:00:00
Characteristics: Left a trail

Meteor lights up the skies over Dallas, crashes somehere to the south.

I was driving south on I635 in Dallas. Straight ahead of me and about 45 degrees above the horizon a spot of light appeared, streaking straight down toward the ground. Then it flashed brightly as if it had exploded, but then continued on its dowaward path unitl it got within about 15 degrees of the horizon. At that point it faded out and disappeared.

This entire event lasted only about a second. I just happened to be looking the right way when it appeared. The object was white in color and left a straeking trail behind it. There were aircraft in the skies over Dallas, and this light was much brighter than the lighes of air traffic and was traveling much faster.

I almost expected to next see an explosion on the horizon, but there was none. At first I feared that might be a rogue ICBM. (Shows you what kind of times we live in now.) When I saw no explosion on the horizon, I decided it must have been a meteor.

Thinking it must have been a huge meteor, I turned on the AM news station to see if there were any news reports of the incident. There were none. I thought that I would certainly read accounts in the newspaper of many people observing the object--especially since it was so brightly visible in the middle of a big city.

Surely scientists must have detected such a large object entering the earth's atmosphere. And surely earthquake sensors must have detected the impact. But over the next few days I saw no media reports at all.

It may have crashed into the earth in the next county, half a state away, or into the Gulf of Mexico. It was not a flying saucer, but it was certainly unidentified, so that makes it a UFO. I have looked at reports posted on this site and I'm amazed that nobody else near Dallas has reported seeing this bright object.

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