A California couple at Corralitos reported watching a meteor-like object cross the sky that lit up their home, shot out a colorful beam of light, and then disappeared after three additional explosions of light, according to April 25, 2014, testimony in Case 55773 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
The January 2, 2014, event occurred just after 1 a.m. when the woman and her boyfriend were outside watching a meteor shower.
"We were south facing, but looking southwest when we heard this roaring 'swwwoooshh' coming from the southeast," the reporting witness stated. "At first it just appeared to be the biggest meteor we've ever seen. It illuminated our entire house enough to cast shadows on the ground. It was as if someone turned a spotlight on us."
The object seemed to be closer than the meteor shower above.
"It seemed to be closer to us rather than the other meteors that we had been watching fly by in the outer atmosphere. This 'meteor' and its tail took up the entire sky from east to west and it was extremely loud and startling and felt like it was right over our heads."
They then witnessed additional lights associated with the object.
"An ultraviolet tube-like beam came out of the tip of the meteor going straight 'up' and to the 'right' making what appeared to be a perfect right angle - an upside down 'L' shape. As this beam shot up and out of the meteor making this right angle it then began to make what looked like three explosions - no sound - of light, the first being white/ultra violet, then light pink, then lavender and it was gone."
The object quickly disappeared.
"It looked like it imploded into itself, or as if someone sucked it up through a straw until every drop of its illuminating light dissipated. It completely disappeared out of the sky. It lasted probably no longer than 30 seconds, perhaps even 20. We weren't counting. This event that we saw was quick, although it has burned an impression into our minds like a tiny video playing over and over again. It's been a few months now and I still have not come across anything like this in my research."
California MUFON is investigating. Corralitos is in Santa Cruz County, CA, population 2,326.