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Occurred : 12/22/2001 12:30 (Entered as : 122201 12:30)
Reported: 12/24/2001 11:10:34 PM 23:10
Posted: 2/5/2003
Location: Astoria, OR
Shape: Sphere
Duration:5 minutes
Eight small, silver- colored spherical objects over Columbia River

I was talking on the phone, looking to the North, at the Columbia River. I noticed several small, silver objects in the sky. At first I thought they were balloons. They were approximately as big around as a large pizza, from what I could see from 1/4 mile away. The objects were round/spherical and silver. Very shiny, the sun was out for a change and glinted off of them. I think 3 of the objects were hovering or floating above the river/mooring basin. The height in the sky ranged from (guessing here,,,) 200 to 400 yards. The original 3 came from the West. Then they were joined by 5 more. These seem to have come from the East. They hovered together.

I watched the trees and the bushes. There was not really much wind. Not enough to make balloons move that rapidly. I don't know how fast they moved, but it was rapid and kind of decisive. I really thought they were balloons, did not pay a ton of attention until the group of 8 divided and 3 zipped over the hill, in a SW direction and the others zipped in an Easterly direction. The movement of these objects was not a bobbing or weaving, slow motion, as a balloon would move when tossed by the wind. It was decisive, quick. Don't know what else to say except that I don't beleive they were balloons.

((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain semi-anonymous. PD))