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Occurred : 8/31/2004 16:10 (Entered as : 08/31/2004 16:10)
Reported: 8/31/2004 3:54:08 PM 15:54
Posted: 9/1/2004
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Shape: Circle
Duration:60 sec
White circular object rising straight up faster than balloon.

Looking east and up about 30 degrees from horozontal, noticed round white object. Said to wife that a childs balloon got away, but it held my attention and I didn't know why at first. It was rising beneath a mammatus cloud formation and the wind was blowing 20 to 30 mph. At first it looked like a solid white balloon that had been released from a nearby shopping center seconds earlier; like an 18" balloon that was maybe 150 feet up.

As I and my wife watched we both said that it was no balloon of any kind because it was rising straight up with no sideways movement at all. Second, it was moving way too fast to be a helium balloon. It was at this point that I had the impression that the object wasn't as close to me as I first thought. It continued to rise in a non-swirling uninterrupted manner until it was about 80 to 85 degrees over head from horizontal.

I had been viewing this through an open window of a car to this point. I looked down to open the door and get out to continue viewing. When I looked back up I no longer saw it beneath the dark clouds where I expected to find it once more. Instead, I saw a black dot moving in a northerly direction at 90 degrees to the direction the white object was moving in seconds before. My wife asked where it was and I took my eyes off of it to glance at her and when I looked back at the sky it was gone.