Date: July 4, 2010
Time: 10:30 PM
Location: Hoschton, Georgia
The evening of July 4, 2010 was a remarkable one in the field of UFO study as MUFON received, from across the US, a large number of reports of red and orange “fireballs” or “balls of light” flying overhead. Many of those sightings could not be explained by MUFON investigators.
An excellent example of those sightings took place near Hoschton, Georgia, which is located about 35 miles ENE of Atlanta’s I-285 beltline. A couple in their 40s and their son, age 12, were driving home after watching a nearby fireworks display. At about 10:30 PM local they were driving eastbound along GA Hwy 124 towards the intersection with GA 332. At about 150 yards from the intersection, Mrs. G (pseudonym) noticed what she at first believed was a tethered, red, lighted balloon ahead and slightly off to the right of their line of travel. It appeared initially to be stationary. As they watched it began to move to their left, northward, toward their line of travel. After stopping at the red light for Hwy 332 and seeing it continue to approach, coming directly towards them, they turned left and then quickly turned right into a shopping center parking lot, between a hamburger-chain restaurant and drugstore. All three family members immediately jumped out to watch, and Mrs. G and her son began recording video using their cell phones.
As can be heard on the video files and as the witnesses later confirmed, no sound was heard at any time from whatever was approaching. The witnesses used the term “fireball” to describe this unidentified light. It looked to be roughly the size of a beach ball or exercise ball, perhaps two to three feet across, spherical, and glowing red-orange. The fireball seemed to be either pulsating, or rolling, as a lighter yellow-white color can be seen changing position on the red-orange ball as the object moves across the sky. The astonished family watched and video-recorded the fireball as it glided steadily across the full width of the sky, moving from roughly due south to due north. Again, no sounds were coming from the fireball, though the three were listening intently for clues.
About the time Mrs. G closed her cell phone to end the video recording, Mr. G yelled out “Hey here comes another one!” Immediately Mrs. G and her son both began video-recording this second fireball, seen to be coming from just the same direction as the first. Its appearance was identical to the first fireball, as were its movement characteristics: flat-level, smooth, steady, and “controlled,” using the witness phrase. Eventually, the second fireball passed out of site after becoming obscured by trees blocking the view to the north. In all, the witnesses estimated a duration of about 7 to 8 minutes from the time the first fireball began moving, to the second fireball passing out of sight.