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Occurred : 7/19/2004 16:00 (Entered as : 07/19/2004 16:00)
Reported: 3/23/2005 6:31:36 PM 18:31
Posted: 5/24/2005
Location: Portland, OR
Shape: Sphere
Duration:5 min.
Sphere Cluster Drops Orb Down to Ground

It was about 4PM and I was on my way home and traveling south on 13th street at Columbia in downtown Portland ,OR preparing to enter the freeway in rush hour traffic when what looked like a cluster of balloons was coming from the south heading north over the city.

Since I have seen real UFO sphere clusters before, this cluster was suspicious and I pulled over to watch them.

There was also a single engine plane circling the city at about the same altitude as the spheres and orbiting around the spheres path. I don't know if the pilot saw the spheres and intended to circle them or was some kind of ground traffic news plane? I could not identify the plane since I was more interested in the spheres. It circled several times.

They were coming from the south just over the 'West Hills' area at an altitude of about 1000' to 1500' and traveling at a constant speed and holding a constant altitude. There was a large cumulus cloud directly over them with a base of about 3000' that should have had enough thermal power to pull them straight up --if balloons.

There were 2 to 3 of each color of red,yellow, black and I think blue.They appeared to be 1foot to no more than 2feet in diameter? There was some movement of the spheres in the cluster.

Now comes the best part.

As they were at their closest point to me (I had a strong feeling at this point that they were not balloons) one of the black spheres separated and came straight down at a speed almost like a rock falling and came down somewhere close to the Clay Towers appartment building -- one block down from me. At this point they went out of view and I moved to another location to watch as they continued over the city out of view.

I went over to where the black sphere came down but could not see it anywhere.

Balloons cannot do this.

I am an experienced sky watcher and pilot. I have seen this phen- omena many times in other locations but I was quite surprised to see it over busy downtown buildings very low.

This event proves to me that it is now almost impossible for most viewers to tell the difference between balloons and real (possibly alien) UFOs. If seen, you must watch them constantly to be able to catch the impossible-- as we know it.

Go to : to download a video of a similar event to what I saw- captured in Arizona of a cluster releasing an orb one month after my sighting.

Speculation: It's possible that real UFO spheres are mixing in with real balloons for cover?