Description: Some friends and I were celebrating the 4th with some fireworks and some BBQ in Parkland, WA. The location of which this is at is dark and you can see the stars in the night sky very well as light pollution is not an issue. Four of us were at the table closest to the house when I looked up and saw an orange orb heading south from the direction of 112th St. It appeared to be no more than 1,000 feet in the air, steady and orange glowing with no blinking lights. I pointed it out to my friends who dismissed it as a paper lantern. But I continued to watch it as it moved slowly along, at one point stopping in mid-flight, and raising in altitude of at least 200 feet. I again pointed it out to my friends stating “Paper lanterns don’t stop in the air and suddenly lift off into the sky.” One of my friends started to watch it closer with me and we watched as it slowly faded out, remaining stationary in the spot it ascended to.
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