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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 11/6/2013 21:49 (Entered as : 11/06/13 21:49)
Reported: 11/6/2013 9:12:11 PM 21:12
Posted: 11/11/2013
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Shape: Flash
Duration: 10 seconds
Characteristics: There were lights on the object, The object left a trail
3 circular lights with Orange tail & sudden white flash over Santa Barbara

On November 6, 2013, I was driving south on the 101 in Santa Barbara California along the Pacific coast in light traffic. The sky was dark as there are no lights illuminating the coastal highway.

At 7:49 pm as I passed the Sheffield Rd. exit, three parallel circular white lights trailing an orange streak suddenly blazed across the night sky and then burst with a flash of intense white light and then the arc of light rapidly disappeared.

The movement was from North to South, across the highway and out across the ocean, and lasted only about 10 seconds. I thought, "Oh my God a plane exploded and is going down," but there was no evidence of any crisis on the sea or in the sky following that.

On reflection I found it strange, too, that there had been no sound given how intensely bright the streak and burst had been.

I am a 57-year old female professor. I have never seen any other such phenomenon.