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Sighting Reports 2007

Woman Sees Large Ball of Light With Rim of Green to The Rear

Photo of Object That Witness Found in Backyard
Object That Witness Found in Backyard 8 Days After the Sighting
(Witness is Having Object Analyzed)

Map Showing Location of Rutherglen, Virginia
- About 20 Miles North of Richmond -


Rutherglen is About 20 Miles N. of Richmond

Date of Sighting: January 23, 2007
Time of Sighting: 5:50 PM EST
Duration of Sighting: Unknown
Location of Sighting: Rutherglen, Virginia (See Map)
Latitude: 37.95 Degrees North
Longitude: 77.56 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: Two
Number of Witnesses Interviewed: One
Weather: Scattered Clouds. Visibility 10 Miles

Description (In Witness's Own Words): I was outside with my dogs and to the west a large ball of light appeared over the treeline. The front was reddish orange, the center was a whitish light yellow and then the back section had rim of green. It was moving fairly fast and it was traveling straight and then sparks shot from the back and it just disappeared. A neighbor a half mile away saw the same thing. I called airport, TV stations and learned that no reports had been made. I called NOAA (National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) and no reports were received. NOAA said that they would check with observers and check satellite pictures because it would not come up on radar. There was not any noise associated with the light.

Investigator's Notes: My initial impression is that the witnesses saw a meteor given the characteristics ascribed to the light. Eight days after the sighting (January 31, 2007) the witnesses noticed a strange object in their backyard. They took photos of the object. (See photo above.) The object appears to be a meteorite and may be debris from the object that was sighted eight days earlier. The witnesses are working to have the object analyzed. The witnesses said that they would share the results. Any new information will be posted.