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Sighting Report
Occurred : 5/1/2001 18:00 (Entered as : 05/01/2001 18:00)
Reported: 4/16/2005 10:08:20 PM 22:08
Posted: 5/24/2005
Location: Okeechobee, FL
Shape: Light
Duration:30 minutes
strange light in the sky, to high to be street light and to low to be aircraft

I've always been skeptical about UFOs, until May 2001.

I went to pick up my daughter from school around 6:00 P.M.. in Okeechobee and when we were coming back home to Kissimmee prairie it was dark.

As I was about 2 miles from my camper trailer I saw a bright light hovering above the trees. I was not alone on this sighting; my three daughters were with me and they saw the light, too. We were coming into the prairie and when I saw this bright light I slowed down; I wasn't sure what to make of it. I did know I had never seen anything like it before. It was dark and the only thing I could see was the bright light flashing down in the trees. I knew it wasn't an airplane or helicopter because there wasn't any flashing colored light. This light stayed in one place until I got closer. When I got closer, about two blocks from it, the bright light turned off. This scared me. I knew whatever it was had seen the lights of my car so I hurried up and went home to my trailer which was four blocks north of the light.

When I got home I asked my husband if he'd seen the light and he said no, he was watching TV. I asked him to come outside and when he did I told him what I saw. He said it was an airplane; he didn't believe me. While I was telling him about this bright light and looking in the same direction, the light came back on in the same place as before. We watched it for about fifteen minutes in one spot but it was not moving or making any noise. It was too dark to see anything except this bright light which just stayed in one place. After about fifteen minutes the lights turned off. I was really curious after this and stayed outside looking into the sky. Then, about five minutes from the time the light went off it reappeared north of my trailer over the trees again. This time it was moving slowly towards our trailer. I'd say it was about three blocks north of us this time. This was getting really scary by now. I could feel the hair on my arms standing up. We turned the lights on our car and the light in the sky went off. When the light reappeared for the third time it was a little further than before. This time it was over a cattle field. I kept an eye on it and couldn't believe what I saw. I saw lights being shot down from the huge light in the sky. I heard the noise the light beam made. I say "light beam" because that is the only type of noise I've ever heard like that. That was on TV, so I'm not too fond of saying that. If I could describe it any other way I would. When we saw this we jumped in our car and went closer to where other people lived.

In the prairie {Kissimmee} the houses and trailers are not close to each other and in 2001 there were no street lights and the roads were not paved. I'd say there were about twenty houses in that area at the time. Around the area we were in we only had one neighbor who lived four blocks from us. The next day my three daughters went to school and asked our neighbor's kids if they'd seen the light and they said no, it was probably the military in the area. I'm from Louisiana and never saw such a thing before. I wouldn't know if it was military or not but I do know for a fact if wasn't a helicopter or airplane, for helicopters and airplanes don't stay in one spot for a long period of time and they have colored flashing lights and this didn't. SO FOR ME AND MY FAMILY IT WAS A UFO {UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECT}.

((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that date of sighting is approximate. PD))