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Occurred : 12/5/2003 05:00 (Entered as : 12/05/2003 05:00)
Reported: 12/5/2003 9:15:10 AM 09:15
Posted: 12/9/2003
Location: Oceanside, CA
Shape: Fireball
Duration:20 min.
Fireball

At approx. 5 a.m. I got up to take the dogs out, while I was waiting on them I looked up in the sky to look at the stars. It was clear directly above and nearby my neighborhood. I could see the stars very clearly, and I happened to look west out over the ocean, which is approx 15 miles to the shoreline from where I live. I noticed an unusual bright light, that was different in appearance to the other stars in the sky. From the naked eye you could see a flickering to it around the center of the light source, which was very bright. I took the dogs in, and got my spotting telescope to get a better look at it. What I could see was a center mass, round, illuminated, very bright, white light. Around the center mass which appeared to be considerable in size, there was a radiating, almost slight flickering of reddish-orange light source going all the way around the center mass. I watched it for about 5 mins., then decided to call my wife out to take a look, and maybe give her opinion of what she thought it might be. I asked her to give her honest opinion, and she said she never seen anything like it. We watched it for awhile, and had to follow it just slightly with the telescope, as it had lateral movement to it. But basically it just hovered out over the ocean, above a fog bank. Now what was interesting was a plane (possibly private) was heading in it's direction only at an angle, like it was on its own flight path, with nothing to do with this light source. It seemed to be just heading out over the ocean, and didn't appear to be heading to this object. My wife noticed the object retreat further back over the ocean as if to avoid this plane. As the plane continued on it's way, the light source came back to it's original location and 5 minutes later just dissapeared. Gone in an instant. We discussed it about a half hour later, and both of us noticed, that when this plane was heading in the objects direction, only at an angle, the object retreated in such a manner, as to not bring attention to i! tself. It was very quick, very smooth and fluid (maybe 5-10 miles)in a blink of an eye. It was so smooth, almost like it was blending in with the sky, at the same time it dimmed it's lights ever so slight, that if you were'nt paying attention, it wouldn't have even been noticed. Now I did witness this object two nights ago, however about 7 p.m in the eve. Same basic location, although a bit closer to shore. I went to my neighbors house and had him look at the object through the telescope, and asked him what he thought. He also was perplexed, and has never seen anything like it. All three of us went through all the logical explanations of what it could be, and all three of us came up with the same answer, this object was totally unique, and we could not explain what it might be. Now being a logical person, I called three news station to see if there we're any reports, and they did not receive any calls. I called Camp Pendelton Marine base which is just North of this sighting, they did not have any aircraft, or manuvers out on the ocean. I called Miramar Marine Corp airbase, located about 25 miles south and to the east of this sighting, they also had no aircraft, or manuvers going on in this area. Typically, this would'nt have me reporting this to your agency, however This object was unlike anything I have seen in my life, I also have two other witnesses that feel the same way. Now, it very well could be explained away, as an aircraft, a star, a helicopter, or balloon by those who chosing to do so. All I know is this object was capable of very, very quick movement with angular flight paths. It also was unlike any light source I have ever seen, it was incredibly bright, and the radiating reddish-orange light that surrounded the object almost appeared to be on fire. Anyway, I saw what I saw, and if it appears to be something explainable that would be fine by me. I am concerned tho' with Camp Pendelton to the north, and just north of that is San Onofre Nuclear power plant. I suppose this would be just coincid! ental, but it just seems odd. One last thing, Miramar said if something we're out there, they would've picked it up on radar, however it was out there and they didn't catch it on radar. Thank You for your time, if you have any questions, I left my cell no. on your recording.

((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous. We have no way to know which telephone call is related to this report. PD))