About twenty years ago, while at a drive-in theater with my parents/siblings in Illinois, I was sitting on the roof of the car with my sister when I saw an orange fireball fall silently across the sky. It looked as though it was a few thousand feet up, although in all honesty, I wasn’t in any capacity to judge the actual altitude. It appeared to be slowly tumbling end over end, and traveled from the east to west horizons in approximately 5 seconds.
It wasn’t a plane; there are no secret military bases in that area (oh yeah, if it was, I missed seeing something about a flaming, tumbling airplane in the news). It wasn’t a “UFO” full of aliens.
I originally guessed it to be a meteorite, but wondered why something that size wouldn’t have made it to the ground and/or been reported in a local paper.
Anyway, thanks for reading this. Any thoughts as to what it might have been? I’ve read that it could’ve been a rocket booster, or something to that effect, but it seemed to be too ‘round’ to be a rocket.