|Occurred : 8/19/2004 22:10 (Entered as : 08/19/2004 22:10)
Reported: 8/20/2004 4:32:26 PM 16:32
Location: York, PA
|orange sphere traveled by at a high speed and disappeared.
At approximately 2210 on 19 August 2004, I was in the company of a co-worker and seated on a patio in the area of East York, Pennsylvania. The atmosphere harbored a considerable amount of light pollution, but an object appeared very noticeably. An orange sphere appeared to be traveling from west to south-east, and traveled in a steady, fast pace, and was totally silent. This object was traveling faster than an aircraft, but far slower than a meteor. I would estimate that the object was below the clouds, due to the distinct view and minimal dissipation of light to the surrounding atmosphere. The object was visible for approximately five seconds, and abruptly disappeared. It was peculiar that the sphere disappeared instead of “burning out”. Immediately after the object was visible, a helicopter traveled over our location in the exact trajectory that the orange sphere was bearing. I can not determine if the helicopter was commercial or military, only that is was quite loud like the military variety. At the same time, there were two aircraft traveling in different directions directly overhead. These aircraft were at a high altitude. From 2210 until 2310 there were 18 distinct aircraft traveling in an eastern to western direction. This seemed like an extremely high number of aircraft to be located in a particular vicinity, especially in the time period of 2210-2310. These aircraft appeared to be non-commercial, due to the close proximity and flying pattern. The formation was triangular and staggered. I had the impression that the aircraft were military. There was a great variety of beacon lights on these aircraft; some displayed an extremely large wingspan, giving the impression of a bomber style or “AWACS” (radar) style aircraft. My co worker and I traveled to a location approximately three miles away, where there was less light pollution and elevated so that our view was not impaired. From 2330-0200, there were absolutely no aircraft visible. The saturation of aircraft in the timeframe of the sighting of the orange sphere causes a profound suspicion in the witness, and is lead to draw no other conclusion that the a governmental entity was in pursuit of the same object that I observed. This individual contacted the York Airport in Thomasville, and received no information or further direction. This individual also contacted Harrisburg International Airport, spoke with an individual in Operations, who then contacted his supervisor who was an FAA employee. His response was that “Obviously the Federal authorities knew of the occurrence, but you should feel free to contact your local authorities to inform them of the situation. This witness feels fortunate to have seen such an event, but is left with more questions than answers.