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Sighting Report
Occurred : 1/18/1999 19:38 (Entered as : 01/18/99 19:38)
Reported: 1/24/2000 14:40
Posted: 2/5/2003
Location: Timberline Lodge/Mt Hood, OR
Shape: Light
Duration:a few minutes
to the ssw a huge bright light was shining down as if on the back of a large jet liner and was moving up like a rocket upward at about a 45 degree angle . This all lasted only a few seconds and then it appeared to explode

((NUFORC Note: Please see similar reports from Coos Bay, OR, for the same date. At first, we assumed that these reports resulted from the missile launch from Vandenberg AFB at approximately 1816 hrs. (PST) on this date. However, many witnesses in Oregon express strong opposition to this theory, stating that what they saw did not look like a missile launch, and the object observed illuminated the ground with a beam, or cone (?), of light. This sighting occurred 82 minutes after the missile launch. Moreover, our theory is predicated on the assumption that a missile launched from near Los Angeles could be seen from northern Oregon. That may not be correct.))