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Occurred : 5/27/2004 20:30 (Entered as : 05/27/2004 20:30)
Reported: 6/23/2004 5:08:52 PM 17:08
Posted: 7/8/2004
Location: Venice, CA
Shape: Other
Duration:4 minutes
Around 8:30pm on May 27th, 2004, I got in my car with my dog planning to go to the supermarket. I got halfway down the street, approaching the intersection of Rose and 3rd Avenues, when I noticed what appeared to be a very large swarm of agitated black balloons.

At first I thought someone must have released the balloons for a festival, or perhaps the balloons were released by some cruise ship out at sea.

I struggled to make sense of what I was looking at. The entire cluster seemed to be visibly composed of 8-12 large individual black spheres, all rapidly moving around each other. They were swirling and leapfrogging as though an animated cartoon. The words "nightmarish" and "cartoon-like" come to mind.

Each sphere seemed blacker than black - mere silhouettes.

When I realized I was observing something incredibly out of the ordinary, I hit the brakes, shifted into reverse, and back tracked into my driveway. I then went into my apartment to grab my camcorder, stepped outside, and started taping. This entire process took about 4 minutes.

In 4 minutes, this cluster, size difficult to determine - appeared to be as large as a car or perhaps house, managed to travel from above the intersection to the clouds you see in the clips.

Images and video clip posted at following URL:

((NUFORC Note: We have elected to leave the URL in the report. We have looked at the footage, and conclude that the cluster may, in fact, be a group of balloons, which are tethered to one another. PD))