Sighting Reports 20092 See Large Fireball Break Up Into Smaller Fragments
Date of Sighting: July 2, 2009
Description: My partner and I were driving East to Longmont on Highway 66 (Ute Highway) from Lyons, Colorado and saw a giant fireball in the sky, hiding behind a large section of storm clouds. At first I thought it was the moon, but suddenly it came out from behind the clouds and rapidly decreased in altitude. Once it began decreasing in altitude, it starting breaking up into smaller pieces-- two, then three and then four. As soon as it began breaking up, they began flying in formation to the West (thus eliminating the option of it being a meteor due to it's trajectory). About 30 seconds later, 4 of the pieces began falling to he ground (each piece also had very long tails, similar to a meteor). As they were falling, two of the pieces jutted off to the left, while the other two jutted to the right. One by one, they fell to the ground in a blaze. My fiance and I smelled smoke as well around the area. We estimated the distance between us and the phenomena to be roughly 3 miles or so to the South of us. It was certainly not fireworks due to it's behavior. There has been nothing in the newspapers today in reference to the occurrence.
Note: We received another similar report from Longmont near the same time. Some of the above report suggests space junk or a meteor breaking up, but the witnesses indicate that the trajectory changed indicating the objects could have been under intelligent control. The fact that smoke odor occurred could mean that the object crashed. However, the odor could be due to fireworks activity. Anyone else viewing these lights is urged to file a report. (See update below.)
Update (July 9, 2009) - Information Received From One of Witnesses: Hello William and Longmont is no longer under suspicion for a UFO landing site. It turns out it was a precision parachute team practicing night maneuvers with lights attached. They were above the airport area. Thank you for you interest and I appologize for alerting you needlessly.