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Occurred : 7/27/1997 21:30 (Entered as : o7/27/97 2130`)
Reported: 8/19/1997 12:56
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Shape: Light
Duration:1 hr approx
Summary : Witness reports an "orange ball of light" at approx 500 feet from ground, was surrounded by helicopters circling it repeatedly. Number of aircraft was 4 to 6 and repeated manuevers went on for one hour plus. No reports (that i know of) were made in local papers or tv news. Many people MUST have seen this as helicopters continued to fly over city a low altitude for 2-3 hours after incident. This one ought to be investigated by competent party while it is fresh.