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Sighting Report
Occurred : 8/15/1999 21:45 (Entered as : 08/15/99 21:45)
Reported: 8/15/1999 21:50
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
Shape: Circle
Duration:5-10 seconds
A ball of light at a distance of approx. 1/2 to 1 mile moving at high speed with extremely exagerated lateral and vertical motions that disapeared out of sight very rapidly.

Urban setting, there was a military (hard chopping) helicopter at lower than normal altitude moving at what seemed to be a odd and erratic flight pattern, that is what made me look up. The object was low on the horizon. As I write this now I can hear several loud aircraft in the background out my window. The object had no distinguishable characteristics other than being a ball of light, if I were to guess at the size of the object, I would say that it was probably the size of a large or medium sized helicopter. What caught my attention was the speed and VERY sudden accelerations and changes of trajecory that it made. I have seen many military craft flying at different altitudes and none of them ever approached this level of speed and directional change. At this moment I can see no less than 3 helicopters out my window.

((NUFORC Note: Since the witness is close to the coast of the Pacific Ocean, he may have been looking to the east. We are somewhat confused by the report, since it was submitted at 21:45 hrs. (Pacific) on 15AU99. Hence, the event that the witness alludes to here could not have been the dramatic event that was to occur over New Mexico some 33 minutes later, at 23:18::10 hrs. (Mountain) PD))

((NUFORC Note: For video footage of the New Mexico event, captured by the Sandia National Laboratory sky camera in Albuquerque, please see the following URL:

http://www.cs.sandia.gov/SEL/apps/energy/meteor.htm

PD))