October 24, 2004
Three witnesses reported a bright horizon to horizon flash of light late Saturday evening in the eastern Indiana sky. The occurrence was a pea green color like an instant flash with such intensity that it made one observer wince and stiffen against it as if something physical was happening. Immediately following the 3 to 4 second greenish flash, the sky toned through the colors back to the normal "black" very quickly followed by a whitish illuminated streak of "smoke" in a downward trajectory. The "smoke column was about 45 degrees off the horizon and terminated at about 30 degrees as if it burned out. It was confusing enough that one observer pulled to the side of the road immediately and watched the sky for several minutes.
One witness described the flash as phosphorous and a second thought it might have been composed of mostly copper due to the green color. At this point no other reports of this occurrence are known.
Sighting were reported from Brownsburg and northwest of Indianapolis, and from north of Cincinnati Ohio.
What was it? Orbital debris? Deep space matter skipping into the atmosphere? Perhaps. Maybe a fire ball (Large meteorite breaking up in the atmosphere)? UFO Investigator Steven Hile references a fire ball that came in over Chicago from the west on March 27, 2003. That fire ball broke up with some of it falling in Park Forest Illinois. Hile said "a WLS-TV channel 7 Internet report included a video of the fire ball taken from a police cruiser video camera at South Haven, Michigan located approximately 100 miles north-east of Chicago across Lake Michigan. That video (no longer available on the WLS web site although meteorite images still are) showed the fire ball very brightly moving downward with a tail and growing in size to filled the entire left side of the computer image screen then disappearing. The whole event took about 4 seconds on the video. It would have lit up the whole of southern Lake Michigan". Hile also jokingly said "Its good to hear about something in our skies these days which actually makes some sense".
Did anyone else experience this occurrence? If so please E-mail Indiana MUFON or place a message on our Message Board.