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A fireball at night, as bright as the sun - 16.11.2017 at 18.40 Inari, Ivalo Observation number 68378

Visibility V / V

Not visible

We spotted that fireball just as we were driving a car from the center of Ivalo on the Ivalojoki bridge towards Inari, i.e. north. The balloon of light seemed to drip down from the bridge to the right, i.e. in the east / northeast side of the sky, not very high (above the tops of the trees of the river collision, but while on the bridge the gaze did not actually need to be raised upwards to detect the light phenomenon). The ball of light seemed to be very close. The light first appeared as a firmer fireball, then momentarily flashed larger, illuminating the entire ridge area and the sky very bright (yellow, orange-tinged light) and then fading, appearing to fall about Ivalo elementary to the riverbank (about 0.5 km from the observation site). The light effect lasted about 7 seconds. We continued our driving to the Ivalo Village Road, ie east / northeast in the direction of Koppelontie, wondering about the light phenomenon. When we got out of the car about 1.5-2 minutes later, there was still a loud roar outside from Koppelo, ie from the east / northeast. Around the dogs, the dogs barked and were restless. In a house next door, someone shouted, "it was an explosion," meaning the bang had belonged there. Smoke seemed to rise from the primary direction of Ivalo, but this may be irrelevant, e.g. smoke rising from chimneys. Shortly after what happened, my husband went for a walk on a river collision, but saw no unusual / fallen tracks or craters there. Of course it was dark.

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  • Accuracy of the given observation time?
    • Maximum of 1 minutes difference possible
  • How long time did you see the fireball fly in the sky?
    • 7 seconds
  • How the flight of the fireball ended?
    • The fireball faded away
  • In which direction the fireball disappeared out of sight?
    • East
  • In which altitude the bolide disappeared from your sight?
    • Low near the horizon
  • Sound(s) related to the fireball
    • Thunder
  • Brightness of the fireball
    • A fireball at night, as bright as the Sun
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