New York Skies (Cheryl Costa)

Orange Fireballs over Syracuse

Columnist Cheryl Costa shares some of the amazing spectacles of orange fireball UFOs over Syracuse

We all expected to see fireworks on the Fourth of July, but most of didn’t expect to be visited by orange fireballs.

During the month of June, it was noted that there were a significant number of orange fireball sightings all across the New York State. June 13 stood out as a banner night for sightings of orange fireballs. Fourth of July weekend in New York State also witnessed an uptick in UFO sightings across the state in general. A quick examination of national UFO reporting Center and MUFON data for July 4 indicated that there were 24 reported sightings across New York State. Over 80 percent of the sightings were of the glowing orange orb variety.

Tom, Sally and their daughter were driving back from a cookout and saw some local fire works. Dad pulled over to the side of the road and the family watched. Upon seeing the fireworks, Sally witnessed a object in the sky. At first she thought it was somehow part of the fireworks display, but the more it persisted, the more it drew her attention. She then thought it could have been a plane, or a helicopter; then it dawned on her.

“Wait a minute this thing is a oval shaped and glowing,” Sally said.

It was shortly afterwards that her 21-year-old daughter said, “Mom, do you see what I see?”

The family exited the car and watched two acorn fireballs. For a short time, they watched in awe as the fireballs appeared, disappeared and eventually reappeared in a triangle shape formation.

“I may have had doubts in the past, but as crazy and maybe even insane as this may sound, I am now a believer,” Sally said.


Elsewhere in Syracuse, another family out to gaze at fireworks also began witnessing orange fireballs. What they observed was a little different, however.

Charlie told us, “They were moving southeast, but they seemed to be moving upward as well; as they would disappear from sight, but they kept coming… It was getting a little creepy.”

They told us that while watching the orange fireballs, “One of them sped across the sky at a much faster than the all others.”

During the family’s observation, they saw that the fireballs all seemed to pass right over them. Charlie said they managed to snap one photo before his daughter’s phone battery died. He also said they counted a total of 30 of the orange fireballs flying over Syracuse on the Fourth of July night.


Lastly, my spouse and I were stuck in the colossal traffic jam that followed the fireworks display at NBT Bank Stadium.

While we waited with patiently for the parking lot traffic to start moving, my spouse remarked, “Honey, look at that it’s a glowing orb… oh my, it’s an orange fire ball!”

From our car, we watched the fireball dance about in the sky like a bumble bee, zigzagging to the north before disappearing.

Let’s look at other Fourth of July UFO sightings from around New York State

  • At about 8 a.m., a Poughkeepsie, NY resident observed an object that appeared to have green and white strobe lights. The observer was unable to determine the shape. The flying object appeared four times.
  • At about 7:40 p.m., a Plainview, NY resident witnessed four lights in the sky. The light formed a perfect square and hovered above his car.
  • At about 9:30 p.m. a resident of Dix Hill, NY noticed a bright red ball to the east, which was headed to the west.
  • At about 9:45 p.m., a Levittown, NY resident saw red and orange lights moving in formation with no sound. The lights were not fixed.
  • At about 10:00 p.m., a Webster, NY resident reported a bright red and orange fireball moving in the sky.
  • At about 10:30 p.m., a Middletown, NY couple observed a bright orange fireball-like object.
  • At about 10:30 p.m., a Middletown, NY resident saw an orange glowing light hovering around his residence. It flashed a high powered light several times.
  • At about 11:50 p.m., a half-dozen Rochester, NY residents reported seeing five orange lights flying in the same direction. All the lights appeared to disappear out as they proceeded on their course.

If you are interested in joining a monthly UFO discussion group in Onondaga County area, drop Cheryl an email [email protected] If you have a UFO sighting to report, you can use either one of the two national database services: or Both services respect confidentiality.

Cheryl Costa would love to hear the when, where and what of your New York sighting. Email it to [email protected]. The names of witnesses will be omitted to protect their privacy.

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