|Occurred : 7/4/2000 22:30 (Entered as : 07/04/00 22.30)
Reported: 7/6/2000 02:42
Location: Tacoma, WA
Duration:10 - 15 min
|Absolutely stationary red light for 10 - 15 minutes, then abruptly took off towards the South.
We were at home just north of downtown Tacoma, watching fireworks being set off in the Puyallup valley and East Tacoma, looking in a southeast direction. I became aware of a single red light, looking to be over Tacoma, and very high; MUCH higher that fireworks. There is a lot of airplane traffic in this area in and out of Sea-Tac, so at first I just assumed it was an incoming aircraft. A few minutes later I looked back and noticed it had not moved. Incidently, it's position was lined up so that a point of one of the downtown buildings pointed directly towards it, so it was easy to see that it was not moving. I pointed it out to my husband; at this point it had been there about five minutes. As we watched, we saw an outgoing plane fly near it, but the plane looked to be much higher, although it's hard to be sure of the light's altitude. There were some light, high clouds that evening, and it was at about that elevation, as we could see them passing in front of the light. After being absolutely stationary for at least 10 minutes, perhaps 15, it took off at a fairly fast rate of speed, (faster than air traffic) towards the South and disapeared into the clouds (or the light went out). I tried to view the object through our very crappy binoculars, but it just looked like a steady, red light. When it took off it may have started blinking, or it may have been the cloud layer; hard to tell.
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