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Sighting Report
Occurred : 7/4/1999 23:59 (Entered as : 07/04/99 2400)
Reported: 7/4/1999 03:42
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Wachapreague, VA
Shape: Cigar
Duration:10 minutes
((NUFORC Note: The time is compatible with the launch of two "Black Brant V" missiles out of the U. S. Navy facility at Wallops Island. However, the trimethylaluminum is reported to have burned with a "pearly white" color, not red. Please see other reports for this date and time.))


Orange cigar shaped light about one thousand feet in the sky. Disappeared and then came returned about five minutes later.

As we were visiting my boyfriends' parents house. His mother and I were parking the car. She looked through the windshield and saw a large bright orange cigar shaped object travelling from northwest to southeast, about five hundred feet in the sky. It silently accellerated straight up into the sky then disappeared within a minute. My boyfriend came home five minutes later and was told this story. In disbelief (but curious) he went outside.My boyfriend observed a white cloud like formation of a sideways "s" shape above our house. He then yelled back to us to come outside. We witnessed the object travelling southeast at tremendous speed. At approx. 100 feet the object appeared to be cigar shaped. The craft appeared silvery gray leaving a trail of orange light. As the craft accelerated the orange light extended to four times the length of the craft, maintaining the crafts width throughout the sighting. The ship appeared leaving the orange light behind it travelling about 30 miles upward. It came to a sudden halt. A split second later a small white light appeared growing to the size of the moon. The light expanded growing about fifty times its original size. It then disappeared, leaving a backward "C" shape formation with the white light in the middle of the "C" fading. Knowing this is the 4th of July, there was NO FIREWORK ACTIVITY going on in this small town.