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Occurred : 9/18/2003 04:00 (Entered as : 09/18/2003 4:00)
Reported: 2/12/2004 10:16:47 AM 10:16
Posted: 2/12/2004
Location: Surf City (Topsail Island), NC
Shape: Light
Duration:2 hrs
Many craft coming from and returning to a paticular fixed object in the sky.

On September 18, 2003 I was sitting on my porch with a friend and noticed an unusually bright star due North that had what appeared to be about 30 or more smaller bright light "orbs" pouring out of it. These orbs of light streaked across the sky and then reversed their directions and began "playing" and interacting with each other as if in a "dog-fight". It reminded me of those old war films where the planes would fly in formation and then break-away and engage with the enemy...

I am a skeptic at heart and did not want to believe what I saw clearly taking place. These aerobatics continued for some time and we ruled out all of the usual causes that may have created this illusion: 1) neither of us were in intoxicated in any way 2) the sky was totally unobstructed by clouds or Moonlight 3) they were not birds or bats due to the velocity of travel across a huge portion of the sky and the way in which they could stand completely still, They could veer off in any direction without breaking speed, either.

4) I woke up my roommate and had her come and see this orbs also.

5) last, but not least, at 6AM they all returned to the "star" just before daybreak.

I might add also that this occured just days before Hurricane Isabelle began its journey towards our shore. I live one mile from the Atlantic Coast and Isabelle was headed directly for us as a catagory 5 hurricane. In the last approach to our shoreline Isabelle reduced to a catagory 3 and changed course to come inland above us.

I know that these were other-wordly craft and wonder if they usually appear before catastophic events and I also wonder if anyone else in our area witnessed this same phenomena.