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GREAT BALL of FIRE
Southern Ontario and Lake Erie, Canada
Date: Thursday, December 9, 1965
This is the date of the Kecksburg saucer crash in Pensylvania, of course no one knew of the crash/retrieval at the time. The craft was reported to have come in from the North, which is the direction of London, so I checked the London papers for that day and found three articles about a fireball in the skies that evening. Here is one of those newspaper reports:

'Fireball' Scatters Flames
Across Evening Skies
Free Press Wire Service
A brilliant light flashed across the sky late yesterday, raining burning bits of matter across several mid-western states and Southwestern Ontario.

Most observers pinpointed the object's appearance at about 4:45 p.m. Sunset in the London area last night was at 4:50 p.m.

London weatherman Don Scott and his wife saw the phenomenon in the west-southwestern part of the sky as they were driving home.

"My wife saw it first," Scott said. "I didn't see the flash. By the teim I saw it. It looked like a push of smoke, like someone firing off one of these Very Pistols. It was quite persistent -- a smokey streak in the sky and most of it was intact for 15 minutes or so."

"It was very high. It was quite obviously above the cirrus cloud and the cirrus cloud is normally five or six miles up."

"I doubt if it was a meteorite. I've never seen a meteorite in the daylight. It's possible, I suppose, but not probable."

"I've seen meteors becoming meteorites at night, streaking down, and they don't last very long, but maybe that's because at night you don't have the sun sand can't see the smoke trail."

Others described the phenomenon as a "ball of fire" or "explosion" which lit the sky for perhaps 30 seconds and was followed by a trail which remained in the sky for some time afterward.

Most early reports seemed to put the fireball somewhere over Lake Erie. Sightings in Cleveland, on the south side of the lake, placed it to the north.

Reports in Detroit, Lansing, and Jackson, Mich., west of the lake, said the light was in the eastern sky. Callers from London and elsewhere in Western Ontario put it in the west-southwestern part of the sky.

The London Free Press, Dec 10, 1965

 

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