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A fireball at night, as bright as the sun - 15.7.2021 at 23.47 Lohja Observation number 99646

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I was in the evening / night in the field picking up waste oats when suddenly a balloon looking like a fireball dropped rapidly as shown down near the horizon. The fireball disappeared just before the power line that runs through the fields into the woods.

So in this case, the fireball would have fallen right in the middle of the power line that ran through the forest. I didn’t actually hear any sound because I was listening to music from my earphones. I know the time is pretty accurate because I called my dad and asked if he also saw the same fireball. So he also lives in Immula. The playing time was 23.47 from which I concluded that the time was probably around 23.46.

The fireball was as bright as the sun but it also had a blue flame on its edges, so it looked like a small sun with blue on its edges. The fireball also disappeared really quickly but I think fading nonetheless. Kind of dimmed until it disappeared completely.

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  • Accuracy of the given observation time?
    • 5 min difference possible
  • How long time did you see the fireball fly in the sky?
    • 3 seconds
  • How the flight of the fireball ended?
    • The fireball faded away
  • In which altitude the bolide disappeared from your sight?
    • Low near the horizon
  • Brightness of the fireball
    • A fireball at night, as bright as the Sun
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