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Occurred : 1/12/1978 20:00 (Entered as : 01/12/78 20:00)
Reported: 11/2/2005 8:16:20 AM 08:16
Posted: 11/3/2005
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Shape: Disk
Duration:5 minutes
Saw a craft decend over some power lines and hover. Saucer shaped with bright lights around the middle

While driving a friend home, myself and another friend noticed some weird lights coming toward us, about 2-3 miles away.

We drove to the end of the road and turned off our lights. The craft came directly at us and stopped over the top of a high power electrical lines. There was NO noise. The trees adjacent to the lines were bent over.

The craft was about 50-70 feet wide, all different colored lights rotating around the middle. It appeared to be using the power lines for energy. We were approximatly 200 yards away.

The craft hovered for 1-2 minutes and then some spot lights at the bottom of the craft rotated and shined on us. It then took of at a very high rate of speed on a diagonal.

We jumped on I-196 East and followed for about ten minutes, at this point it was just a light traveling very fast.

The weird thing about this is that me and my two friends never remembered this until two weeks later!! I thought it was a dream until I talked to my friends and it all came back to us.

This happened at the Consumers Energy Power lines West of M-45 and just north of Covell N.W.

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


I submitted this report back in 2005. I have been reviewing my report from that time. There are a couple of things that are incorrect. The sighting was South of Lake Michigan Drive and West of Covell Road.

A few more things I would like to point out. The craft may have been 3 to 4 times the size that I stated (200-300 ft.) As we were driving up Cenntenial Drive (steep incline) the lights caught my eye. It was about 20-30 miles away, it was coming at us at a very high rate of speed. It had multiple lights rotating around the middle of the saucer. As in other reports that I read, the middle of the craft did not come to a point, it had was a verticle surface (5-10 feet or more) The strangest thing was that as soon as the spot lights under the object focused on us (my friend who was driving killed the lights and coasted to the end of the road, so I felt it did not know we were there) it rose and speed off at an unbelievable rate of speed (thousands of miles an hour or more) I was in the passenger seat and never took my eyes off of it. It traveled 30 miles in two or three seconds. We jumped on 196 East and followed it for about ten minutes. It looked like a moving star off in the distance.

The strangest thing of all is that after we headed back home, none of us spoke about it to each other or anyone that night (family members, etc.). It wasn't until weeks later that we were all hanging out together, and I mentioned it as a dream. Instantly both of my friends who were with me had the wierdest looks on thier faces. I could tell they were freaked out. We had one or two other friends present at this time. They thought we were joking. Each of us took turns telling exactly the same thing that happened.

If anyone would like to talk to me about this, I would like to talk to someone if possible.