On Friday, March 27, 1998, at 2:40 a.m. Honolulu time, a mysterious explosion of bluish-white light, accompanied by a roaring sound, lit up the night sky west of the Hawaiian Islands.
On Oahu, the explosion was seen by dozens of people at Waimea, Waialua and Kawailoa Beach. On Maui, police received reports from witnesses in Lahaina, Honokowai, Puukolu and Honokahua. On Hawaii, or the "Big Island," as locals call it, the flash was seen by witnesses from Upolu Point south to Kailua Kona.
A pilot for Aloha Airlines "witnessed the object while in the sky. He was obviously very excited and very moved by the experience. He said the object came within two miles of his (cargo) plane and lit up the entire sky...He said it created an increase in temperature that was felt by everyone in the cabin."
On the Big Island, Lana Kirkwood "was awake, sitting in her living room, reading a book" at 2:40 a.m. "when suddenly 'the whole sky lit up--a big flash of white light that lasted about three seconds' and was then followed 'by a big sound like a thunderbolt but there was no storm.'" The explosive roar lasted for an estimated four to five seconds.
Ms. Kirkwood "thought it was an earthquake or a volcano about to explode."
"Big Island police said the light, which was seen in all districts of the island, made the night sky as bright as day."
The U.S. Coast Guard identified the object as "a big meteor" and said it had "determined the source of the light after an investigation."
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