Monday, July 6, 2009

Report: Fireball in the sky above the East Village

From an EV Grieve reader last night:

Two people just saw a fireball in the sky moving from west to east above the EV. Was sighted from the rooftop on 3rd street and ave B. Both people said it looked like a burning ball of fire, but did not go out as expected as it climbed from 50' to several hundred in seconds.
Thought it was a Chinese lantern at first, but if that was the case it should have blown out. Couldn't be a flare because it was a flame and not dropping sparks.


Anyone see this? Do you have any ideas or explanation as to what this may have been? (And no Lady GaGa jokes, please.)

12 comments:

Bowery Boogie said...

umm, what!?

BaHa said...

Sounds very much like the meteor I saw over Houston St a few years ago.

Girl said...

Meteors don't "climb" from 50' to several thousand, do they?

Leftover firecracker maybe?

EV Grieve said...

Very mysterious....

esquared said...

Superdive fratboys lighting up their fart.

Anonymous said...

not sure if this was the same thing, but I did witness several people attempting to light and fly a burning Chinese lantern about 2 or 3 feet high last night, on 3rd street, between Ave A & B. At the time it really looked like something really stupid to be doing in the middle of the city ...

Marnie said...

i saw it too, from a rooftop on 3rd and C. It floated upward seeming very much like a runaway helium balloon, but it was glowing orange. It looked like fire but not like something ON fire. it definitely looked contained in its sphere and was neither getting brighter nor extinguishing.

I got photos but they look like... a glowing orange dot in the black sky. In other words, absolutely not helpful.

EV Grieve said...

Thanks anon and Marnie...appreciate the eyewitness accounts.

I'm still going with UFO, though!

Randy said...

I totally saw it last night, too! I was having a cigarette on my roof on 9th and Ave C. At first I thought it was a plane that was on fire.. but then it kept going higher and disappeared. Very weird.

EV Grieve said...

Thanks, Randy.

The plot thickens...

Anonymous said...

HEY YOU FUCKIN DIRTY POOR LIBERAL FUCKS, IT WS THE FOURTH OF JULY IT'S CALLED FUCKING FIREWORKS

Anonymous said...

We were flying back from Mass to Islip last night at around 9:30 pm and saw a huge fireball everyone int our plane (A Baron) saw it as did the guys in a Bonanza we were following we asked the tower at Isp if anyone reported a crash but there was nothing. Sure looked like a crash to us