|Occurred : 8/20/2000 05:30 (Entered as : 08/20/00 05:30)
Reported: 1/21/2001 16:51
Location: Santa Fe, NM
|I am a college graduate and I was an officer in the US Army. I am almost 60 years old and I have never seen a UFO before. The date that I have given for the sighting is an estimated date. I didn't have a way to officially report the incident until now. For the last 11 years I have had a paper route and for the past 5 years I have had 2 paper routes. When I finish the 1st one, I sometimes stop to use the restroom in a deserted road area. It's located in the mountaineous area that goes up to the ski basin outside of Santa Fe, NM. While I was standing there, I was facing down the mountain. You can easily see the lights from Los Alamos, NM which is approximately 30 miles away on any clear night. All of a sudden, I noticed what I thought was a shooting star light up over the Los Alamos area. It looked like a spark from a sparkler. The spark shot straight across the sky approximately 3000ft(?) in the air and when it got to where it appeared to be over the Villa Linda Mall area(which would have been about 10 miles from me), there was a number(5?) of what looked like huge flash bulb explosions and they initially were round flashes, but as they grew in size, they were apparently enclosed in something square shaped and the entire square was filled with the bright looking flashes until it looked like one big square flash... Then it went out. The whole thing took no more than 5 to 10 seconds.
((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. PD))