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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 3/3/1999 22:51 (Entered as : 03/03/99 22:51)
Reported: 3/11/1999 12:46
Posted: 8/5/2001
Location: Gilroy (5 miles So of), CA
Shape: Fireball
Duration: < 1 sec
Characteristics: The object left a trail, There was an aura or haze around the object
Very bright white/light-green light going East-West seems to expand suddenly (explode ?) and vanish in a fraction of a second. Trajectory going down at about 15-20 degrees inclination. Object itself not seen, only trail of light observed. Total length (at arm length) about 1 - 1 1/2 in.

Note: This is a resubmission of earlier report with date and time corrected. While driving North on Hwy 101 in California, 5 miles So of Gilroy (about 40 miles So of San Jose), a bright light attracted my attention. Was about 45 degrees above horizon and slightly on the left of the road, traveling from right to left but descending at about a 15 degree angle. It first appeared as a very bright trail which quickly formed a blob with raggedy edges about four time the width of the original trail. Looked like it was exploding. Then everything disappeared. There was no residual trace forward. Seen at arm length, the trail (tail?) was about 1/2 inch in length, the "blob" about the same in diameter. There was some light clouds but the object light was very bright and could have been seen through them. The duration was very short, one second at most and object was gone by the time I called it to my wife's attention. Could have been satellite/rocket reentry, but direction seems wrong. Could be a meteorite.