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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 10/24/2004 23:17 (Entered as : 10/24/2004 23:17)
Reported: 10/25/2004 9:04:50 PM 21:04
Posted: 10/27/2004
Location: Weaverville, NC
Shape: Circle
Duration: approx. 4-5 seconds
Characteristics: The object left a trail, The object changed color
I saw a ball of white light plummet at a 45 degree angle, with the white tail displaying bands of color (spectrum) just before impact.

I was traveling north on 19-23 at 11:17 pm on October 24. It was between mile marker 26 and 24. I saw a ball of bright white light plummeting at approximately a 45 degree angle, very fast. The ball was not perfectly defined--it appeared to have motion, whirling, with bright light coming out of it. There was a white tail. The ball of light was about three-quarters to a full size of what would be considered an ordinary full moon. In the instant before the ball disappeared from sight, about a third of the length of the tail (the portion of the tail closest to the ball) displayed colors as in a spectrum, in distinct, separate bands of distinct colors, being of fairly wide breadth. The bands of color were perpendicular to the tail, not lengthwise. And the rest of the tail remained white. I heard no crash, there was no display of light as in an explosion, I heard or felt no rumble or shudder. It was just gone.

((NUFORC Note: Possible meteor. PD))