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Occurred : 1/29/1968 18:00 (Entered as : 01/29/68 18:00)
Reported: 5/15/2000 03:27
Posted: 3/11/2003
Location: Carpinteria (Santa Barbara County), CA
Shape: Sphere
Duration:10 minutes
witnesses watched 3 large sphere move slowly to the West, hover and then each disappear.

This event took place in Jan. or Feb., 1968. I was picking up my cousin and her son to attend a drive-in movie and as I drove out Casitas Pass Rd., I observed a huge orange (more the color of fire than sodium lights) moving thru Casitas Pass into Carpinteria valley. It was traveling low as I could see the outline of the hills behind it. I honked & yelled for them (including her husband) to come out and see it. Her husband got a quick glimpse before the view was blocked by the avacado orchard across the street. We quickly drove to the frontage road that runs along beside Hwy 101 (going South) where we would have an unobstructed view. This rd is very close to the ocean as well as the S. end of the valley. There were 3 of these 'glowing' craft...at arm's length, the size of a dinner plate. We were with 1/2 - 3/4 mile from these objects as they flew below and to the N. of Rincon mts. As we stepped from the car to watch we noticed several cars in the S. bound lanes of Hwy 101 pull over & people getting out to look at these things! They slowly moved out over the ocean...hovering not far from shore for several minutes & then, one by one, went 'out'.. like a switched light. Nothing was in the newspaper (Santa Barbara Newspress) or on the news. The next evening a neighbor (technican/aero-space co.) also observed them but at a much later hour. My cousin has a B.A. from U.of CA and was 28 yrs old @ time of sighting. I also have a B.A. and am in charge of operations for a Nevada mining operation. Our son's were only 4 yrs old @ the time. I am reporting this because of the recent sightings (similar color, ect.) being reported from the East & in the hopes someone else that witnessed these UFO's might speak up. I have seen something similar here in Nevada a few yrs ago..just S.E. of infamous Area 51.