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Occurred : 6/25/2001 21:15 (Entered as : 06/25/01 21:15)
Reported: 3/15/2002 6:36:38 PM 18:36
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
Shape: Light
Duration:approx 5 min
Spotlight within its own generated haze searches around,locks onto us with the lightbeam, then blasts into deep space

I have refrained from reporting my account of what we witnessed on 6-25-01 because I wanted to wait and see what others would say over a period of 6 months or so, but after almost 9 months now I won't wait any longer.We've kept it to ourselves and swallowed alot of emotions and neither one of has been the same since. Here is my account : My wife and I were sitting on our patio (wich was coastal waterfront facing due East with no obstructions).Our conversation was interupted when this bright light seemingly turned on like a spotlight at a very high altitude.Like others I aggree it looked exactly like a spotlight from a helicopter-- but it was too high in altitude and it made no sense for a chopper to be using a spotlight that high up.There was NO noise at all and it was a crystal clear night without a cloud in the sky,just black sky with many sparkling stars.This light was large enough to make us feel like it was within the atmosphere--- but other characteristics proved me wrong.I knew from experience that on such a quiet clear night a chopper would have to be at 10,000 ft or higher to have NO noise audible.And I believe 10K ft is pretty much the "useful ceiling or limit" for the average rotorcraft.And yet a "chopper" is the only craft that can "hover" in one spot as this one did.(A Harrier jet wouldn't be goofing around hovering at this altitude).

The "light" was indeed engulfed in a haze as most others said------ this haze seemed to be pruduced by the light source.The light looked like a flashlight searching in the dark--- it was actually searching around WITHIN it's own sphere of haze/fog and the beam stayed within the haze.

As we staired in amazement we said things like "Oh my god !!" But we were at ease and actually had feelings of elation. At this time the "beam" of light found its way to us and "locked-on" to us as soon as it crossed our position, and at this time began to move slowly directly towards or "at" us.We both had the overwhelming sensation that we were going to quite possibly "beamed-up" any second because we had this beam pointed directly at us and the source began to slowly move at us.

Although I didn't want to miss one second of looking at this thing---- I had a realization that if I didn't make an attempt to "record" this event in some fashion it may very well be reduced to a fairy-tale story buried in skepticism by all we shared it with.

I knew I had our camcorder literally within 2-3 feet just inside the sliding door and I made a frantic move turn around, throw the door open, reach and grab the camcorder swing back around simultaneously pounding my finger into the "power" button to fire it up and DIVE back out onto the patio all in 3-4 seconds.

Well this "light" honest-to-god seemed to respond instantly as I pointed at it with the camera and just bursted into deep-space infinity all at once actually FORCING the haze that was surrounding it into a downward spiral/corkscrew fashion--- and as others have said, this haze/fog lingered for awhile as it decended.The light was instantly gone leaving only the black night sky and stars to see.

In OUR case, the story DOES NOT END HERE !!!!! As we sat in SHOCK and AWE on our patio-- we refused to leave our positions for about an hour thinking it may come back-- but it didn't.

So we went inside to nervously play the tape and see what I got on tape-------- and I actually DID get the last few seconds before it took-off.And to me, the interesting thing on tape was the downward spiral it created in the haze when it accelerated out of there from a stationary position !!! This shows PROPULSION !! Sorry guys, but NO missile can sit stationary at an outer-atmosphere altitude, then suddenly take off at an immeasurable speed into infinity with NO "blast" characteristics behind it, and what does a spotlight have to do with a missile anyway ???????? Something VERY strange happened with our vcr.We tried to turn it off because we were going to bed and it WOULD NOT turn off no matter what buttons we pushed ! I just left it like that and we went to bed. The next morning we went to watch the tape again and the damn vcr began to chew up the tape !!! I tried to stop it but by the time it was through------ we had lost the EXACT length of tape to get rid of my proof of what we saw.I thought I was going to drop dead I was so mad--- we have never had a tape get chewded in 20 years of watching videos and this ONLY chewed the "sighting" footage part and the rest was fine.The vcr has NEVER acted up again since this and we continue to use it today.

I tried to take the tape to a specialist to try and correct the "fold" that resulted in he tape and he said it was not correctable.I still have the 9 foot section of tape sealed in a container and plan to hopefully find someone to restore the tape to "watchable" condition.

The reason I know this tape is so important is not only what it shows------- but what it DOESN'T !! Anyone seeing this tape will know it wasn't a damn missile launch.

I mean C'mon guys, listen to the reports including accounts from 06/07/98----- they don't even "sound" like missile launches--- they lack the proper characteristics as even the people who have lived near the Cape for many years and KNOW what launches look like---- have said !! I am asking you guys now how I can ever get the chance to communicate with any of the other people who have sent in reports---- especially the pilots like the one that was flying South and caused you guys to change your explanation at the bottom of each report to state that it was an offshore submarine launch instead of the former KSC launch ?? Can any of us "sighters" communicate with each other and share thoughts on this unique encounter ? Can/will you guys have something set up where someone like myself can talk-to and eventually meet others who saw this ? Because I want to.

By the way, I am a college grad,38,a military vet,former military flight officer candidate and paratrooper. I think you need to put my report on your website in its entirety with no editing. Please withhold all my personal info Thanks Jim