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Occurred : 11/22/1998 20:00 (Entered as : 11/22/98 20:00)
Reported: 11/26/1998 23:36
Posted: 2/11/2003
Location: Vashon Island, WA
Shape: Other
Duration:5 seconds
An EXTREMELY BRIGHT localized flash (within 200 yards from me) that was as bright as lightening but silent. The light was white and lite an area of at least two city blocks BRIGHTER than day.

I can relate three other occasions this has happened in the last 5 years in my presence. On one occasion there was another witness. On this particular occasion, (11-22-98), it was a misty night and I went out to feed my livestock. At 8pm it was very dark. As I was walking to my barn (north) in my pasture, the flash took place to my south on the other side of my house. The light was coming from ground level, or withing 25 feet or so of ground level near a neighbors house or in the woods behind it. I estimate it was no more than 200 yards south of my position. The mist and fog made it possible to pinpoint the source of the light as it lite up a very large "sphere" of the mist around it for as many as 5 seconds, then went out abrubtly. It was so bright, and the weather conditions seemed so ripe for lightening, that I waited for the thunderclap but it never came. During the flash there was absolutely no sound coming from it as well. I submit this as a UFO only because it may have been, but I have no idea what it was and I have seen it now three times in the last 5 years, still with no explanation. Is there any other reports of such phenomenon as is there an easy explanation? In all locations this has happened, there certain have been indications of power lines, but in no case has there been any sounds, power outages, fires, or any other indication that it was electrical in nature. And the intensity of the light is beyond any commercially available lighting source that I know of.