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Sighting Report
Occurred : 7/20/2001 23:59 (Entered as : 07/20/01 24:00)
Reported: 7/21/2001 09:17
Posted: 2/25/2003
Location: Austin, TX
Shape: Circle
Duration:three minutes
low-flying, helicopter-sounding, aircraft or circle shaped (from underneath), and had few lights + bright spotlight

We were talking around the hot tub in our backyard when we spotted what we thought was a helicopter spotlight about three houses down. The light was stopped very close to the ground and we thought that it was a law enforcement helicopter searching for something. We walked up to the back porch thinking that there might be a criminal in the area, and stood by the door. As we watched, the light then moved towards our house and was out of my view (we were standing on the bottom deck). Once it reached the house, it came back into view. It sounded like a helicopter and my mom said that she heard it from inside her bed room. I never saw the actual shape due to the intensity of the spotlight, but when it came up to the house, we could clearly see the bottom of the object. It was round and with a few white lights on the bottom. It appeared to be a white, or light grey color. It flew over the house very slowly so that we had a good thirty seconds to see the bottom of it. It was a very strange looking helicopter, if that's what it was. The spotlight was very intense. It lit the pool area as it flew by. I'm normally very skeptic of U.F.O. sightings, and am not confinced that it was one, but would like to find something to explain this object. It was extremely low, sounded like a helicopter, shaped like an aircraft or circle from underneath, and had a few lights including a very bright spotlight.