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Occurred : 4/28/2001 14:01
Reported: 4/28/2001 17:41
Posted: 8/5/2001
Location: Portland, OR
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Duration: 2-5 min.
((NUFORC Note: Report received over telephone just prior to post reports to website. We include it here. PD))

A very eloquest and mature-sounding woman reports hearing and seeing a peculiar event over the Columbia River in north Portland.

She reports that she was driving east on North Marine drive at approximately 1400 hrs. on Saturday afternoon, 28AO01, when she heard a "sharp" explosion to her left. She glanced to the left, and witnessed a "fireball" in the daytime sky, 90 degrees to the left of her direction of travel, and approximately 45 degrees above the horizontal plane.

As she continued driving to the east, she witnessed a cloud of dark smoke in the area of the sky where the fireball had been just seconds earlier.

She called Multnomah County authorities, but no one had received any reports of an accident, explosion, fire, or any other emergency.

((NUFORC Note: We have no reason to believe the event was UFO-related, but we include it here because of its unusual nature, and because it seems to be unexplained. Witness was exceptionally lucid and eloquent, so we suspect the report is quite reliable. If anyone witnessed the incident, we would welcome a written or telephoned report. PD))