This took place about 3 weeks ago (middle of June 2010) on a pier of Lake Erie in Ohio. My girlfriend, her friend, and myself were all out going around to see some of the damage done by the recent tornadoes in the area. After that, we went out to the pier. It was pretty well into the night--a little after midnight as I recall, and we were just hanging out and watching the lake and the stars.
We had all been joking around since we got there about UFOs. For example, we'd see a plane go over and yell out "UFO!!!" That type of stuff. Well, as I was sitting there, I happened to look up a little bit and saw this bright streak of light just zoom out at an amazing speed. It reminded me of a Roman candle being shot out, except bigger and way faster. It was this bright yellow-green color.
I'm not saying it was an alien spaceship or anything, but I don't think it was a shooting star because of how low it was. It looked like it went into the lake about a couple of miles away. Then again, I was the only one that saw it between the three of us.
Now, I could pass that off as anything. However, the reason I am submitting this story is because that isn't the first time I've seen this thing before. Including the one I just told you about, I have seen that thing five different times in about a 17 or 18 year span. Two of the five times I could actually hear the noise from it as it passed directly over my head. It made like a fizzling whoosh sound.
The second time I encountered it, I actually ducked because it was so low to the ground--I would estimate maybe 70 feet high. As I said before, I don't know exactly what the objects were any of the five times I've encountered them.
It goes so fast that it's hard to really describe something you have seen for a total of five seconds. They could all be shooting stars, but why would they be so close to the ground? An even better question: Why are they passing directly over me?