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Occurred : 3/1/2000 21:00 (Entered as : 03/01/2000 21:00)
Reported: 10/15/2002 12:15:03 AM 00:15
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Lake Pontchartrain, LA
Shape: Triangle
Duration:5 Minutes
Light-absorbing craft pays homage to Mardi Gras.

On our way to New Orleans from Dallas for Mardi Gras (I think it was in 2000) 3 other friends and I were on the toll causeway that crosses Lake Ponchantrain to New Orleans and about halfway into the 20 mile trek across the lake I noticed an object that was darker than the clouds moving at a steady pace. I thought it was an airplane at first then I noticed there were absolutely no lights to be seen on it though it was at an altitude that looked high enough for an approach to a landing much like an airplane. I thought nothing of it and put my sights back to the road when my friend in the passenger seat exclaimed, "Are you seeing this?". Suprised that someone else saw the same thing and it was not a hallucination I looked back up into the sky. The clouds where being dimly lit by the street and city lights in the distance however this object seemed to absorb the light. You could tell that it was at least a shadow of an object grazing slightly inside the clouds and when I thought it would come out so I could get a better view it seemed to change its course back into the clouds to where it was obscured. I remember the movement was very odd. It would zig zag slightly and it had a bell curve kind of acceleration that wasn't too abrubt but not like any plane or helicopter that I have seen and I have seen frequent helicopter landings living next to a Care-flight center. What I can't figure out is that if it was a shadow why there was no plane in sight to create it on the clouds above or where the light source could have been from inside or above the clouds. There were none with that kind of intensity. It made no sound. It was very dark and had a shape akin to an inverted delta. Much like this: | / \ We were not on drugs and the drinking didn't begin till we got to Mardi Gras. It was one of the coolest things I have ever seen.

((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. PD))