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Sighting Reports 2007

Three Witnesses See 3 Slow Moving Orange Fireballs

Photo Snapped Of Lights at 9:30 PM PST
Photo Taken By Witness of 2nd Sighting
Which Occurred at 9:30 PM PST

Photo With Brightness  and Contrast Increased
Photo With Brightness and Contrast Increased

Drawing of Objects As Seen by 10 Year Old Witness
Drawing of Object by 10 Year Old Witness

Newspaper Article From Tri-County Herald in Pleasanton, California. Talks About Sightings in the Pittsburg and Stockton Area
Newspaper Article on Sep 3, 2006 in The Tri-Valley Herald
(Talks About UFO Activity in the Stockton-Pittsburg, California Area)

Date of Sighting: January 15, 2007
Time of Sighting: 6:55 PM and Again at 9:30 PM PST
Date Reported: January 15, 2007
Duration of Sightings: First Sighting Lasted 15 to 20 Minutes. (2nd Sighting Was of Shorter Duration, But Exaction Duration is Unknown.)
Location of Sighting: Pittsburg, California (About 50 Miles Northeast of San Francisco)
Latitude: 38.0 Degrees North
Longitude: 121.89 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: At Least Eight
Number of Witnesses Interviewed: Two
Weather:
Clear Skies. Stars Visible.

Description: Three witnesses (parents and 10 year old daughter) saw three bright orange fireballs at two separate times (6:55 PM and 9:30 PM). The witness (mother) was driving home and noticed the fireballs in the sky at 6:55 PM. She said that they were moving very slowly southward at constant very slow speed. They gradually disappeared and were visible for nearly 20 minutes. The witness had arrived home before the fireballs disappeared. The fireballs were viewed through binoculars by one of the witnesses (husband). Apparently the motion was linear and continued southward. No sound was heard. The witness reported the first sighting to me within 20 minutes. Shortly after 9:30 PM I received another call from the witness saying that they saw the fireballs again. This time they were not moving and were hovering (east of the witnesses). This time the daughter managed to take a photo (see above). I interviewed the daughter and she said that when the fireballs disappeared (on both occasions) they exploded into green, blue, and red stars. The fireballs were about twice the size of the brightest star. The photo was taken with a Polaroid Digital Camera Model i533 at 3X Zoom. (The camera had a resolution of 6 megapixels.)

Investigator's Notes: I originally thought that the fireballs were meteors or space debris, but changed my position given the lengthy time of the first sighting (about 20 minutes). The photo above suggests little (if any) movement because there is no apparent "time exposure" in the photo. The drawing provided by the 10 year old witness shows much more detail than what was revealed by the photo. This is quite possible given that the photo was a brief "snapshot" of one sighting and both sightings lasted several minutes. Given available information I have no explanation for what the witnesses saw and photographed.

Notes From Steve Reichmuth (MUFON Investigator in the Local Area): Steve interviewed a total of eight witnesses from two families that saw the lights. Apparently the lights looked much different than what was seen in the photo. Steve said that some of the witnesses looked at the light through binoculars of 50X power. They saw a circular bright light. The additional witnesses from the second family were only privy to the second sighting. I have enhanced the photo above by increasing the brightness. This enhancement shows that the lights may have been joined although the joining could be due to movement that is faster than the shutter speed of the camera.

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