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Sighting Reports 2007

Two Witness Bright Flash in Sky. FM Radio Reception Goes Dead

Date of Sighting: July 21, 2007
Time of Sighting: 11:10 PM PDT
Date Sighting Reported: July 23, 2007
Duration of Sighting: Few Seconds
Location of Sighting: Portland, Oregon
Latitude: 45.4 Degrees North (Airport)
Longitude: 122.5 Degrees West (Airport)
Number of Witnesses: At least Three.
Number of Witnesses Interviewed: One
Weather: Scattered Clouds at 6,500 Feet. Broken Clouds at 15,000 Feet. Visibility 10 Miles.

Description (In Witness's Own Words): I was coming home from a friend's house on Saturday night when at 11:10 pm. (I found the time stamp on my cell phone of a call that I made to my house about this time.) I saw a white flash over Portland Oregon. It took out all my FM radio stations for about 1-2 min but all AM stations were still on. My roomate who works nights as a security officer saw the same thing, but thought nothing of it until he responded to a call with another officer that saw the flash as well. We have not seen anything in the news about it, and have been looking to see if other reports of this are around on the web. Do you know anything about this?

Second Report by Witness (In Response to Questions): I have not seen any reports in the media, but I have heard from more people that had their FM radio stations go out on them. There was a small power outage of about 2,000 houses in Portland the same night, and numerous low voltage alarms that went off that a friend has told me about that work in the security field.

Third Report by Witness: No one that I have talked to that saw the flash heard any sound with it. It was partly cloudy (at least in the area where I was when the flash happened), and I do not remember any rain at all. The flash seemed to be over Portland/Beaverton area.

Part of an e-mail from a friend that saw it as well. "Yes, and the radio station I was listening to (105.1) stopped working for about an hour! All the other radio stations were still there though.

Investigator's Notes: The bright flash could have been an explosion of a meteor. However, no sound was heard. No thunderstorms were known to be in the area at the time of the sighting. The apparent radio and electrical interference isn't normally associated with a meteor. Given these facts I am not sure of the cause of the light flash and if there was any association with the observed interference. Others who witnessed this event are urged to report.

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