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Sighting Report
Occurred : 6/15/1997 15:00 (Entered as : 06/15/97 15:00)
Reported: 9/4/2001 21:05
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Ripley, TN
Shape: Unknown
Duration:5 minutes
Invisible but never the less still there.

I have wondered if others have 'seen' this. I was living in a very rural area. I steped out on the back deck one summer afternoon for some fresh air. As I was standing there my hair begin to feel as it was standing on end. I started looking around. The sky was clear with only wispy small clouds. As I looked east I noticed two clouds ended in a curved line. I also noticed a distorted look to the sky in that area about 100' in diameter. I call two friends outside. As they came out there was a loud buzz and a blast of hot air. The leaves on the trees about 200' from our position rolled and turn up as if exposed to heat. They never recovered and died. My friends asked what was that to which I had no reply.

((NUFORC Note: Date appears to be approximate. A similar event is reported in the letters-to-the-editor of the December 18 (?), 1886, issue of Scientific American. The author of the letter, a U. S. diplomat, describes an incident in which a family was badly burned by a very bright object seen hovering near their home on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, and the surrounding vegetation turned black approximately 9 days after the sighting. PD))