|Occurred : 10/27/2000 10:30 (Entered as : 10/27/00 10:30)
Reported: 10/30/2000 12:57
Location: Seattle, WA
|Shiny gold/black large balloon like object travelling up Puget Sound WA w/ consistent altitude
What at first seemed like a wayward balloon, when viewed through a strong scope, was a watermelon shaped object, with a shining gold top half and black bottom half with a distinct demarkation horizontally across it. Viewed from a bluff overlooking the sound, it seemed to be quite a distance from shore. I watch this view for quite a few hours a day, and see all variety of birds and am usually fairly accurate in judging distance from shore. at least a quarter mile or more offshore. It seemed to be drifting from south to north at an even elevation of about 400-500 feet (?), and moving more quickly than the shore breeze. After about 20 seconds it started rising from its flat path at about 60 degrees from the horizon and disappeared from my sight. This all on a bright sunny day with clear visibility. If indeed it was a balloon, it was very large. I have seen adrift balloons let loose from the shoreline here before, and this was indeed out over the sound at some distance, and too large to be a typical balloon.
((NUFORC Note: We spoke with this witness, and he sounded to be both sincere, and quite serious-minded. PD))