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Occurred : 7/29/1979 02:00 (Entered as : 07/29/1979 2:00)
Reported: 10/15/2003 8:27:02 PM 20:27
Posted: 10/17/2003
Location: Ocala, FL
Shape: Changing
Duration:20 minutes
fishing over resevoir object hovered for 20 minutes 2-3 feet above water, went straight up into space until it became vanished

At 2 am while fishing with my brother, who is now a retired correction officer,at rodman resevoir in ocala florida, I became aware that the water was orange, my skin was orange,a light was so bright on the water that it was distracting me from fishing. I looked through the flooded trees and saw what I thought was a backporch light, an orange floodlight. I mentioned to my brother the light, it was annoying me and said we should move the canoe. He just stared at the light and was practically speechless. Finally I realized why, when he brought it to me attention that we were in the main body of the resevoir, there couldn't be a house there, the light was over water. After looking at this large orange light that looked to be approximately 100 yards away a most, the light starting rising, it rose directly over our heads in a crystal clear night, never making a noise. Suddenly the orange light became a light that resembled a white floating pencil at about a 500 feet up, it only remained this way for about 10 seconds, the "pencil" shrank to a dot, and then it literally blasted into outer space, that's the only way to describe it. It went straight up and went from 500 feet over our heads to a fading dot in space in about 3 seconds. It never made a noise, didn't emit any color or flames after blasting off, but did leave a cloud of smoke that took about 15 minutes to dissipate.

I was in a panic and shaking uncontrollably, and we left soon after.

Suprisingly my brother was shaken but calm, at least calmer than me, as he claims to have seen an equally remarkable event if not more so to him, including being spotlighted by a craft and a loss of several hours of time while in North Carolina several years earlier.As farfetched as this sounded then and even now, he is very stable,never was one to make up stories, and since I know what I saw with him while fishing was the most incredible event I have ever had, the fact the he relates one sighting with the other means my brother saw something and experienced something he feels was just as remarkable if not more so years earlier.

For me this was probably the most remarkable thing I have ever witnessed and am again shaking now 25 years later as I write this. It was something I have tried numerous times to reconcile in my mind over the years, to see something that I thought was a backporch light blast into space, it's something I will never get over or forget.

((NUFORC Note: The date may be approximate, although the witness does not indicate that fact. PD))