View Video Clip of Ball of Fire:
Description: First I want to say, I do not fill comfortable writing this. On May 17, 2014. I was driving home from a get together with my friends with my seven year old son. I heard my son start to yell "asteroid." He again yelled in panic "asteroid" mom, I see a astroid. I said, no you didn't it is a plane. I couldn't see what he was seeing because I was driving. Then my son started screaming in panic "fire," "fire," "call 911," "call 911." I stopped my truck right in the middle of the road & leaned down in the driver's seat over to the passenger seat & looked out the window. I saw, wow this "huge" round ball with huge flames! I could see it close, because it was low in the sky & huge. I couldn't believe my eyes. I didn't know what to think except for the fact that it is something out of this world. My son is still screaming: mom, mom Please call 911! My son was scared I was scared & there is a car coming up in back of the truck & it's light were right up on us. I had to go. I was really close to my house. I drove right up to my yard and almost in it. I almost wrecked because I live right on the corner of the street. I was trying to turn with a car in back of me & still trying to look at this object. I was confused. I don't know how I parked, but I do know I heard my transmission grind. My truck came to a stop half way in the street & the front right up on my yard. I jumped out in panic. My son opened the door screaming. I was looking for my purse to find my cell, but couldn't think straight finally found my cell & couldn't think straight to take the lock off. Finally I get it unlocked & recorded what I could. It came from the west side of Vancouver going at a angle right on the side of my house towards Portland, Oregon. I don't understand why there is nothing on the news. It had to of landed. I was afraid to report this. I was watching the news and saw nothing. Finally I asked my neighbor the next day if she saw the huge ball of fire & she said, no maybe it was a plane on fire. I said, no I had seen it close up it was a huge ball of fire with flames. Later that day she told me she looked up huge ball of fire & meteor came up. She showed me pictures & that is what I saw.
Witness Response to Questions: I think it could have been 2 to 3 minutes that I observed the object. The video was after it passed my house. It went between the trees & I couldn't see it no more. The only trail I saw was the flames. There was no smoke. A short time after I saw the object I heard helicopters, but I couldn't see them.
Note: At the time of sighting skies were overcast. There was a scattered cloud deck at 5,500 feet and skies were overcast at 8,500 feet. Visibility was 10 miles. The object could have been a meteor, but I think this is an unlikely explanation. The video clip doesn't have the appearance of a meteor. There was no defined trail. Also given that the skies were overcast makes it less likely to be meteor and the long sighting time (2 to 3 minutes) makes the meteor explanation less likely. More investigation will be conducted. Updates will be posted.Note to Commenters: If you are reporting a sighting, be sure to include the location (city, state, country), date and time of your sighting. Be detailed in your description. You may also use our report form to report your sighting. Comments will only be published if they are in "good taste" and not inflammatory. Also the name that you list in the comment will be posted. Use abbreviations or aliases if you don't want your name listed.
I am pretty sure it was a Chinese lantern, particularly with the observation of flames. What part of Vancouver was this in? I live between Jason Lee Middle School and Eisenhower. I know last week someone was releasing a large amount of Chinese lanterns somewhere around Eisenhower Elementary, between 99th ST and 9th Ave. I know because I saw them when I was driving. I also stopped to take pictures, but I knew they were Chinese lanterns. They released several more while I was parked in the church parking lot across the street taking pictures. One even got caught in a really tall tree (no fire though, so no worries). I also saw some more a few days later. Are you sure it was the 17th you saw them? I couldn’t of seen those because I was at the UFO Fest in McMinneville, but I did see them on two prior occasions last week. If it is a orange and kind of a glowing or flaming orb it is almost always certainly a Chinese lantern. Don’t worry though, many people make the mistake of thinking it is something otherworldly.
Jeff: Thanks for your comments. A good many of orange orb sightings are likely Chinese lanterns. They are a fire hazard (especially in the summertime when it is warmer and drier).