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Occurred : 7/15/1972 22:00 (Entered as : 07/15/1972 22:00)
Reported: 8/31/2004 8:57:39 AM 08:57
Posted: 9/1/2004
Location: Medford, OR
Shape: Light
Duration:ten minutes
Projecting-retracting-light beam from no visible source

Traveling south towards the foothills to see my Girlfriend when I noticed a light against the silouetted mountain. At first I thought it was someones spotlight, but suddenly realized that it was much larger as it broke into a beam of light projecting down into the city. I pulled over and got out to see what the heck this was all about and it was absolutely silent. No sound from the City, no barking dogs, not any noise.

It was wierd, so quiet. I thought what can that be? Is it a large light that the carnivals used to use to shine a light beam up into the sky to attract people? As I studied this light, it rose above the horizon of the mountain top and I could see stars below it, so I know it was not a land based object. After a few minutes, it receded back to itself and vanished. All that remained in that location of the nite sky was a bit of fog looking stuff which slowly disipated. At that moment, all sound returned. The sounds of the city and freeway traffic far off, and closer was dog barking, lots of dogs barking all around at all the homesites in the foothills. The hair on my arms stood up and I chilled all over. After thinking more about what I saw, I realized that the size of that object was huge and the beam of light did not simply turn on and off, but projected (visually extended and retracted like a telescope ). Certainly not the speed of light. I am reporting this because I just ran across your site for the first time and never knew there was a place to report the incidence. I am having chill bumps just reliving the experience. What ever that thing was, it controlled sound and was silent itself.The light beam that it projected was a different light than I have ever seen, it was thick and intensly luminous even though it source had to have been at least two or more miles away. I observed it from a side view, it never shone on me, but I could see what it was illuminating at a great distance. Thanks for a place to finally tell of my encounter after 30 years.

((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. PD))