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*reprinted with permission from Peter Davenport.  For further information you can go to www.UFOCenter.com

Peter does not know what the objects reported to NUFORC were, but does not believe that they were man-made, or of terrestrial origin. 

NUFORC received  81 reports for sightings on July 4th, 2009, 76 of which were for the evening of that date.  Eighteen of those were from the State of Washington, and most of those from the Puget Sound area.  Here are several of the more interesting reports for that date: 

((BEGIN REPORTS OF SIGHTINGS OVER THE PUGET SOUND AREA ON JULY 4TH, 2009.))

REPORT FROM AUBURN, WA:

4th of July - Red/Orange UFO with bright pulsing light - Auburn, Washington  - 12 witnesses

While shooting fireworks at our home on the 4th of July, 2009, at around 10:00 PM, two of 12 adults noticed a reddish light moving slowly in the sky.  I called out for the others to look and my friend yelled for everyone to stop lighting fireworks and look.  We all moved toward or fence, staring to the South as the craft grew larger.  It was like a rounded square shape or sphere, a beautiful reddish orange color with a single bright pulse of amber light every 2 -3 seconds.  It had no anti-collision lights and did not look like any conventional craft any of us had ever seen, and it was not a firework. Two of the adults are ex-military and very familiar with military craft.  They both stated that what we were watching was not a plane or helicopter or any other conventional craft.  The object moved slowly, with a slow, pulsing strobe of bright gold that would flash and light the center of it.  I believe it was about 1/4 to 1/3 mile away.  It was traveling North towards us and curved gently toward the West as it disappeared in a smooth flight.

It seemed that the center was darker than the rest of the ship until the light pulsed, and as it traveled, it went from a reddish color to an orange - the object appeared to be lit from inside - Like a frosted glass shade on a lamp.  There were 12 adults, most of us non-drinkers, and 3 children that all watched.  We had been watching fireworks in the distance to the South and were alerted by the fact that unlike the fireworks that had been going on all around the neighborhood, this object was moving horizontally, did not explode, made no sound, and made a slow arc towards the West before it got so far away we could not see it.  

We all felt different - confusion, amazement, and fear -A few of us were excited and almost euphoric - Feeling lucky to see it.  We all discussed the object as it flew in the sky, ruling out every flying craft we could think of as we watched it.  We lost sight of it when it flew out of sight.

REPORT FROM AUBURN, WA:

Red, circular, unknown craft over Auburn, WA on the 4th of July 2009 at 10:00 PM

I was sitting in a chair in our back yard. I was waiting for my father and brother in law to shoot off the last firework.  I was looking to the South observing the neighbor's fireworks when a red light caught my attention.  I watched it for about 5 seconds, waiting for it to explode or disappear like normal fireworks.  I realized while I was waiting that I had never seen a firework sit for so long in the sky without disappearing.  

It was a red light that about every 3 seconds flashed a gold light from the bottom.  My next guess was that it was an air balloon, then I realized I had never seen an air balloon at 10:pm at night.  The shape - the best way I can describe it is by calling it a circle.  I don't believe it was an airplane because there were no hazard lights and I don't think it was a helicopter either.  I don't really know what I would call it.  It was on a steady path and it seemed to be moving in a line. It didn't waver, and it seemed to be progressing quickly.  

After about a minute and a half, I stood up and walked about three and a half feet to join the other 13 individuals who were observing its progress.  None of us were drunk or on any kind of medication.  We all noticed that it had a red light and seemed to be flying about the same level as a commercial airplane.  

After about three minutes, the object was getting smaller and smaller and it finally disappeared.  One individual had a camera and was able to capture a few pictures. 

I am no aviation expert, and I don't know exactly what it was.  

The above statement is true and accurate to the best of my recollection. 

REPORT FROM EVERETT, WA:

3 orange globes on 4th of July being chased by an airplane? 

Watching fireworks with son and husband.  Saw a strange orange glowing light - at first, thought airplane?   But didn't have those flashing lights - just steady orange glow.  It just felt different - seemed to float, rather than fly.  

Then another one appeared right behind it, following same path.  This is when I had to point it out to my son. 2 objects following same path so close together?  The first one suddenly disappeard.  Then, the second did so too, at the exact same point.  

Then came the 3rd one - again, exactly the same path (n.e. to s.e.?) and disappeared in the exact same spot.  We thought, clouds covering them?  But then we saw an airplane - blinking lights - like you'd expect from a regular airplane - it followed the same path, too.  But, it didn't disappear like the 3 orange globes, so we know they didn't go into the clouds.  

What in the heck was that?  Did other people see this? 

I live on Hilton Lake in Everett, Wa. 

If the members of the SPG would like to read the other reports, they may access them from our website for July 2009.  If you think it would be appropriate to do so, please feel free to copy the reports above, and distribute them to the group. 

Here are some of the more interesting reports which NUFORC received for sightings on August 15, 2009, for the Midwest and the eastern U.S.:  

((BEGIN COPIES OF REPORTS FOR AUGUST 15, 2009.))

100 Date: 08/15/09

110 Time: 21:15

120 Duration: 15 minutes

130 Sighting City: burr ridge

140 Sighting State: il

150 Sighting Zip: 60527

160 Sighting County: dupage

170 Witnesses: 2

172 Shape: Circle

168 Number of Craft: 7 

190 Description: I live in burr ridge Illinois and was walking our dog east bound on our street at around nine o'clock on the 15th of August.  I enjoy watching the stars at night and was looking up in the sky and noticed the harvest formation Cassiopeia was out and that it was time for farmers to harvest their crops. 

As If returned westbound towards our home, I looked up into the sky and noticed a bright red circular light with a orange glow in the middle moving from the south to the northeast at appx 4-5000 feet in the air moving at a 300-400 mpg clip. 

The red light was 10 times the intensity of a small planes red light and the orange flame in the middle was half its size. 

There was one object to start and then two more that followed in tandem and then three more after that following in single file on the same path. 

After the first two passed overhead, I yelled to my wife who was inside the house to come outside quickly to see what I saw, and luckily two to three more passed by clearly visible to her.

She was as stunned as I was. 

No sound. 

No red or green lights on either side of the object. 

Were these Army drones heading for the Chicago Air show? 

Were they flying objects that were going to be displayed at the Oshkosh air show? 

After we saw the objects, we came inside and called the police, but no one else had reported the sighting.

My wife went or neighbors house to see if anyone at their party had seen the strange objects overhead this evening. 

I still have goose bumps from the sightings. 

It was very, very odd. 

And very cool at the same time. 

As my wife has returned from talking to our neighbors, she reported that two people from the party at the house behind us did see three of the lights and wondered what they were and that she spoke to a pilot who was at the party and he didn't know what the lights were either. 

It was very unusual.

420 Aura: Yes 

100 Date: 8/15/2009

110 Time: 22:00

120 Duration: 10 sec.

130 Sighting City: Lafayette

140 Sighting State: in

150 Sighting Zip: 47909

160 Sighting County: usa

170 Witnesses: 1

172 Shape: Other

168 Number of Craft: 1 

180 Description: Orange square lighted object with a dot in the middle. 

190 Description: It was a square lighted object with a light in the middle. Orange in color. Went right over me in a straight line with no sound. Bizzare!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lasted about 5 to 10 sec!!! 

400 Lights On Object: Yes 

100 Date: 08/15/09

110 Time: 22:05

120 Duration: approximately 2 minute

130 Sighting City: Grand Rapids

140 Sighting State: mi

150 Sighting Zip: 49506

165 Sighting Country: United States

160 Sighting County: Kent

170 Witnesses: 4

172 Shape: Fireball

168 Number of Craft: 1 

180 Description: Intense fiery, orange light that appeared to move slowly towards us in the night sky, changed course, then disappeared 

190 Description: 

August 15, 2009 

      My husband, our two children, and myself were on our boat this evening just after sunset.  We parked the boat and watched the sky, discussing the constellations with our kids.  We saw Jupiter, a few shooting stars, some satellites, and normal air traffic as we live about 5 miles from the Airport.  

      Shortly after 10:00 my husband, who is a pilot, pointed towards Jupiter and said, “What is that!”  We all paused and looked to the southeast sky.  We saw an orange light just under Jupiter that moved across the sky to the northwest.  The light appeared to be 2-3 times the apparent size of Jupiter in the night sky.  It was an intense orange light that moved silently through the sky. We watched it move towards us for better than 90 seconds before it appeared to change course and head north.  The light then disappeared.

       The sighting went on for approximately 2 minutes.  As an individual who is no stranger to aviation, I do not believe it was an airplane or helicopter as the light did not strobe and there was no sound from the object that I could detect.  It almost looked as if the object were on fire by the intensity of the orange light.     

420 Aura: Yes 

100 Date: 081509

110 Time: 22:06

120 Duration: 00:00:95

130 Sighting City: East Grand Rapids

140 Sighting State: mi

150 Sighting Zip: 49506

160 Sighting County: Kent

170 Witnesses: 4

172 Shape: Light

168 Number of Craft: 1 

180 Description: Bright orange light in Eastern Sky 90+ second event 

190 Description: At 10:06 PM at 42.949780,-85.603561  we witnessed an object in the Eastern sky moving from approximately SSE (150 degrees azimuth) to N (010 degrees azimuth) at an elevation of 30 to 35 degrees.  Our iPhones did not have the ability to resolve the image.  The object passed below a bright object (assumed Jupiter) and was two to three times its brightness and its observable arc width.  It was significantly brighter than any other object in the sky.  We were in a boat at the time, and the reflection of the object in the water was distinctly apparent.  The object displayed variable random intensity as if a glowing fiery ember, consistently appearing orange to amber in color, and slowly inconsistently dissolved at the end of its track.  The entire event lasted approximately 95-110 seconds. It is also notable that the object seemed to alter course by 5-10 degrees east of track at approximately 65-70 seconds (030-035 azimuth) into the event. 

We contacted http://www.nuforc.org/ and were subsequently advised that this object was seen in the same time frame from Massachusetts to Chicago, possibly fractured into multiple objects. 

We were advised that this is too slow for a fast moving meteor atmospheric impact or grazing event.  We saw several of these (meteors) which are very white and short lasting within the preceding sixty minutes.  This was not an aircraft, displaying normal anti-collision strobe lights and red, green, and white navigation lights.  This was not a satellite in low-earth-orbit transitioning from day to night.  We saw several of these pass into the eclipse of the Earth’s shadow prior to this event and the object did not behave as if reflecting solar light.  Also, it would be abnormal for a satellite to orbit in this Southeast to North Northwest direction. 

There are four people that witnessed the event on this boat.  I am an experienced Airline Transport Pilot with 6000+ hours flying and have not witnessed anything similar prior to this. 

450 Changed color: Yes 

100 Date: 08/15/09

110 Time: 22:05

120 Duration: 2 minutes

130 Sighting City: Grand Rapids

140 Sighting State: mi

150 Sighting Zip: 49506

165 Sighting Country: United States

160 Sighting County: Kent

170 Witnesses: 4

172 Shape: Fireball

168 Number of Craft: 1 

180 Description: Intense fiery, orange light that appeared to move slowly towards us in the night sky, changed course, then disappeared 

190 Description: At first I thought it was a satellite, then I thought it was a meteor.  The altitude and the speed were too consistent to be either.  It should have gone over our heads in the direction it appeared to be heading, but then it turned and went around us.  It was a bright fiery orange light that gave off a very soft humming noise.  It was visible for what felt like two minutes before it faded away and disappeared. 

After the light in the sky vanished, I saw what looked like lightning in the distance around all of the trees on the lake.  As we were coming in to dock the boat, I looked around the lake one last time and saw some flashing lights on the ground and they were orange also.  It was like fire that flashed 5 times and then disappeared and moved to another spot then flashed again and disappeared.  It was amazingly terrifying!  

420 Aura: Yes 

100 Date: 08/16/2009

110 Time: 0:10

120 Duration: 30 seconds

130 Sighting City: Saugus

140 Sighting State: ca

150 Sighting Zip: 91350

160 Sighting County: Los Angeles

170 Witnesses: 1

172 Shape: Fireball

168 Number of Craft: 1 

180 Description: Red burning light stationary in sky - Los Angeles 

190 Description: it was pulsing red ball in the sky then it disappeared? Never seen anything like it. was about the size of Jupiter in the sky but was pulsing and flickering like it was burning the drifted a tiny bit and disappeared. 

420 Aura: Yes 

100 Date: 08/15/09

110 Time: 20:37

120 Duration: 3 Minutes

130 Sighting City: Honolulu

140 Sighting State: hi

150 Sighting Zip: 96819

170 Witnesses: 20

172 Shape: Circle

168 Number of Craft: 1 

180 Description: Colorful U.F.O. spotted near Hawaii International Airport 

190 Description: I work as a Security Officer and have never seen a U.F.O. before.  What I saw was a circular object in the sky approximately 200-250 feet above me.  There were strobe lights on the object.  The colors changed from red, green, yellow, purple, orange, blue.  There was a reddish colored ball hanging from the object.  It was traveling roughly 80-90 miles per hour heading west near Honolulu International Airport, and as you can tell from my description of the colors that were shown in the U.F.O. this was not an aircraft.  

400 Lights On Object: Yes 

100 Date: 08/15/09

110 Time: 23:45

120 Duration: 5 minutes

130 Sighting City: ray

140 Sighting State: mi

150 Sighting Zip: 48096

160 Sighting County: United States

170 Witnesses: 2

172 Shape: Fireball

168 Number of Craft: 1 

180 Description: saw a bright orange fire ball with a flat bottom. 

190 Description: I was on the couch looking out the window that faces east and I saw a bright orange fire ball with a flat bottom, almost looked like a top of a lit sparkler.  It then moved north east.  My wife and I went outside and watched it for about 5 minutes.  Never in our life time have we ever seen anything like it.  Still thinking about it. Wanted to know if anyone else saw the object. 

420 Aura: Yes 

100 Date: 15/08/09

110 Time: 22:20

120 Duration: 2 min

130 Sighting City: Poole

140 Sighting State: .

150 Sighting Zip: BH15 1ZA

165 Sighting Country: UK

170 Witnesses: 2

172 Shape: Unknown

168 Number of Craft: 1 or 2 

180 Description: two amber/orange lights Poole Quay UK 

190 Description: Two Amber/orange lights seen could have been a single craft or two separate craft. Lights travelled towards house then turn right then left then right again passing off into distance and disappearing.

Not an aircraft due to size and low altitude, also complete absence of noise. Estimate within 100 feet of ground, we were in top floor of house approx 40 feet above ground. Took one picture on mobile which does not appear to show the lights, switched mobile to video function but did not record (think I did not press correct Button). 

400 Lights On Object: Yes 

100 Date: 08/15/09

110 Time: 23:00

120 Duration: 30 seconds

130 Sighting City: Simi Valley

140 Sighting State: ca

150 Sighting Zip: 93063

160 Sighting County: USA

170 Witnesses: 4

172 Shape: Fireball

168 Number of Craft: 1 

180 Description: Variable orange light in the sky over Simi CA 

190 Description: On the night of August 15, 2009 at approximately 11:00PM we saw something strange in the sky. We were hosting my son's birthday party and were in the backyard enjoying festivities. There were about 40 people in attendance. I was standing by the pool when someone called my attention to an odd orange light in the sky that was varying in intensity like a fire. It was moving towards us at the right speed and altitude to be a small plane and was heading from south to north. I then noticed my son standing next to me looking at it as well. I thought at first it was a plane on fire. As I watched I noticed that there were no other lights on this object like an aircraft should have, just a chaotic dimming and brightening  orange light. We did not hear any sound from the object but we did have music playing outside that could have masked any sound. We watched the object travel across the sky, behind a large pine tree, and back into view. A few moments later it started !

 dimming and then went out entirely and we could see only dark sky. the whole event seemed to last about a minute but my better judgment says about 30 to 40 seconds. There were no clouds in the sky, no unusual weather conditions, just a calm cool summer night. I checked the news on both the internet and local paper today ( the morning after ) but have found no reports of anything that would explain what we saw. A horizontal moving flare? Ball lightning? A troubled aircraft? Others must have seen this which is why I'm reporting it, so that perhaps it can be resolved as to what this was. 

400 Lights On Object: Yes 

100 Date: 8/15/2009

110 Time: 0:00

120 Duration: 5 Minutes

130 Sighting City: Ocean City

140 Sighting State: md

170 Witnesses: 30

172 Shape: Other

168 Number of Craft: 1 

180 Description: Fenwick Island Orange UFO 

190 Description: About midnight Saturday August 15th, on Fenwick Island, we observed an orange object moving in the sky from South to North. The object appeared to be an orange light in the shape of a figure 8. I pointed the object out to all the people at the party. The object then slowed and appeared to descend to about 1500 ft. The was no noise. The object then appeared to stop and was motionless. After about 2 minutes the object began to ascend almost straight up but slightly to the north at a great speed, and seemed to disappear into space. 

400 Lights On Object: Yes 

((NOTE:  THIS SIGHTING OCCURRED ON FRIDAY NIGHT, AUGUST 14, 2009.)) 

100 Date: 08/14/09

110 Time: 21:15

120 Duration: 8 minutes

130 Sighting City: Fountain

140 Sighting State: co

160 Sighting County: USA

170 Witnesses: 100s

172 Shape: Other

168 Number of Craft: 2

190 Description: UFO SIGHTING REPORT 

180 Description: The greenish glow has seemed to have an effect on me every time I think about it and its a good thing. 

Aug 14, 2009 9:15 PM 

We were traveling south on I-25 in Colorado and my office manager was driving. I noticed a very bright light in the sky kind of a giant headlight. I noticed it kept getting closer to us as if it was traveling north. Then it began to separate into two lights as we drew closer.  This went on for about 5 minutes.

Soon I could see it was an enormous object in size so I asked my office manager to pull off an available exit. As we watched then it was over a mountain and looked like a tower because it had a red flashing light on top. 

So I asked her to pull back on the highway.  We had been in a large dip so when we pulled up it was just arriving. I asked my office manager.  So what do you see, is that a UFO?  She studied it as it approached us at what seemed like a fairly slow speed, it was like floating for a few seconds, by now it was very close and you could see whatever it was it was enormous.  It looked like at that point a giant car floating through the sky with headlights probably 20 or 30 feet around that turned with the craft. 

It was swooping towards us so I said “pull over” as she whipped out of traffic traveling at 80mph with lots of traffic that had to be witnessing the same thing.  My wife pulled over behind us as she was following us. I was jumping out of the truck as she was slowing,. By now it was beginning to pass us overhead but it slowed to nearly a stop, like floating as I stared straight up at the bottom of it. It nearly blocked out the sky from where I was standing. I quickly measured it with my eye in comparison to the width of the freeway and decided that if it were to land there that it would cover the whole freeway both sides and probably hang over both sides by 2 or 300 feet. 

I estimated it to be about 600 feet or more. I have 30 years in construction so I usually have a pretty good eye. If I were to have held out my arms to the sky I would guess they would be at about a 45 degree angle. 

I was so wrapped up in getting every detail that I couldn’t take the time to take a photo with my cell phone. 

It looked like two huge pontoons on each side of a disc or saucer shape and all over the bottom I could see like rectangle windows (or what appeared to be). Each window was surrounded with a very soft light that I would say was a glowing greenish light. And the whole perimeter of the bottom seemed to be outlined with this light. 

It was probably 500 to 1000 feet above me as it slowed to almost a stop over my head.

I noticed I could not hear any sound at all. The pontoons were hard to make out other than I could see the shape how they blocked out the stars and they also had white corner marker lights. In the very bottom of where the saucer came to a point in the bottom there was almost like a slit where it looked like a door would be. Underneath everything seemed to be outlined with that soft greenish light. 

As it flew over it started to gain speed and elevation still heading north only probably about 10 miles from Norad and slightly veering to the east as it disappeared I could see again its enormous size and the white marker lights on all the corners and also one red light in the center of the peak of the saucer. 

I got back in the truck and we pulled out onto the highway and I noticed there was another one that was approaching on the right much smaller in size probably about 1000 feet or so in elevation and about 1500 feet to my right. This one however was completely different; it seemed to be more like a cubic shape by the marker lights that were all white, except a large blue light in the center.

No red light on this one, it stayed on  the west side of I-25 as it headed north, where as the other one crossed over the freeway still flying quite parallel to the highway. I thought this one was skirting Fort Carson for some kind of security for the large ship. 

In comparison to the moon this craft was probably about the same size as the moon at it closest point. It seemed a little larger than a large military helicopter but it seemed more awkward. Although it seemed cubicle it also seemed to have other cubicle dimensions. 

I am doing some drawings of what I saw but I am In the mountains and away from my scanner and will be scanning them in and sending them in the next couple of days. 

400 Lights On Object: Yes