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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 9/9/2003 00:30 (Entered as : 09/09/2003 0:30)
Reported: 9/8/2003 10:17:41 PM 22:17
Posted: 9/9/2003
Location: Punta Gorda, FL
Shape: Other
Duration: 5mins
Characteristics: The object left a trail, There was an aura or haze around the object
((NUFORC Note: A launch of a Titan 4 rocket from Cape Canaveral was conducted at 00:29 hrs. on this date. We suspect that the launch was the cause of the several reports NUFORC received from multiple points in Florida. We post the reports to illustrate how easy it is to misidentify a relatively commonplace event. Even we were intrigued by the reports, when they first were submitted, and it took us approximately 12 hours to identify the apparent source of the reports. PD))

odd bright object with comet like tail in Southern Florida.

watched an object in the sky for about 5 minutes on Sept 9th 2003 about 12:30 am on the southern gulf coast of Florida , We thought it was a plane at first but was to bright and it had a comet like tail....the object then flared a red color and split into two pieces, one flared again and disappeared the other continued in a bright glow with a tail then flared red and fell straight down also disappering.