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Sighting Reports 2010

Woman & 15 Others See Several Airborne Reddish-Orange Objects

Sketch of Object on Actual Background by Witness.
Sketch of Object on Actual Background by Witness.

State College is in Central Pennsylvania
State College is in Central Pennsylvania

Date of Sighting: May 3, 2010
Time of Sighting: 9:45 PM EDT
Location of Sighting: State College, Pennsylvania (See Map)

Description: Listen to Clip of Witness Interview (MP3)
The witness called shortly after she experienced her sighting. She was leaving a grocery store (The Giant) and saw others looking at the sky. She joined the sky watch and immediately saw 10 to 12 reddish-orange objects moving slowly southward. When the objects passed through low clouds in the sky at the time they would shine through the clouds and reveal a "disk-like" shape. (Skies were partly cloudy at the time of the sighting.) The objects emitted no sound and were seen by about 15 other witnesses. The witness stated that many of the witnesses were quite excited by what they saw. The witness saw no regular aircraft in the sky at the time of sighting. The objects moved south over the tree line in about 3 to 4 minutes.

Note: The witness is highly educated is working on completing a PhD degree. She sounded credible and I have no reason to doubt anything in her report.

Comments below say that the lights were Chinese lanterns. Chinese lanterns are dangerous and are a fire hazard. Assuming that the person below is telling the truth this sighting is identified! If the objects were Chinese lanterns, there is one aspect that can't be explained: The surface winds at the time of the sighting were from the west-southwest and the winds all the way up to 10,000 were also from the west-southwest. The witness stated that the lights were moving towards the south or southwest. If the witness's directional observations are corrrect, the lights could not have been Chinese lanterns. Chinese lanterns would not move into the wind!

Comments Received on May 4, 2010: A friend of mine was at the Wal-Mart store at the same time and saw exactly the same thing! We Would love to know what it was. He says he counted 18 to 20 reddish-orange objects. He did see one person did take a picture on their cell phone.

Comments Received on May 4, 2010: The lights were Chinese lanterns. Google them and I don't even have a PhD.

UFOS Northwest Response to Above Comment: Do you have any evidence that the lights were Chinese lanterns?  Has anyone taken responsibility? The lights don't exactly fit behavior of Chinese lanterns because they remained lit. Chinese lanterns appear and disappear while these lights moved over the horizon and never did "go out." Yes, they could have been Chinese lanterns? 
 
I don't have a PhD either!

Comments Received on May 5, 2010: It was my friends who lit the Chinese lanterns, and so I just wanted to clear it up with you. I wish they were UFO's, but unfortunately not! (Note: This is the same person that said that the lights were Chinese lanterns above. Apparently the lanterns were launched by friends.)

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