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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 7/27/2013 03:55 (Entered as : 07/27/13 3:55)
Reported: 7/27/2013 2:11:46 PM 14:11
Posted: 8/30/2013
Location: Circle Pines, MN
Shape: Fireball
Duration: 2 minutes
Characteristics: There were lights on the object, The object emitted other objects
bright light in the sky with burning material falling from it

I am a professional helicopter pilot. I left the Army as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 after 10 years of service. I flew attack helicopters in Iraq and Afghanistan and am familiar with many types of military aircraft and ordinance.

I was driving my car southwest in Circle Pines, MN at 0355 Central Time on 27July2013 and spotted a very bright light to the Southeast at an angle of approximately 25 degrees above the horizon. It appeared to be stationary.

I pointed it out and my wife commented that it must be a planet since it was so much brighter than the stars. It was similar in appearance to a planet but seemed much larger than usual.

I then witnessed burning objects fall from the light and extinguish midair. This happened twice. The object then appeared to dim and move northeast.

I looked away as I was driving for about 10 seconds. When I looked back, it was gone.

It was similar in appearance to a military illumination flare, but it maintained it's altitude and moved horizontally. The total viewing time was about 2 minutes.