|Occurred : 8/23/2007 21:20 (Entered as : 08/23/07 21:20)
Reported: 8/23/2007 7:58:17 PM 19:58
Location: Overlea, MD
|Quick moving rapidly flashing light at night
Greetings: At roughly 9:25 pm (+/- 5 minutes) this evening, August 23, 2007 I was driving alone on Kenwood Ave. a two lane road through a residential neighborhood. Sun has totally set for about one hour. Traffic was of moderate density. My speed was roughly 25 mph. I was heading in a north easterly direction. My attention was drawn to a rapidly flashing light (15 - 30 flashes per second) moving quickly from left to right. The object was approximately 20 degrees above my apparent horizon As I tried to track the flashes while still watching traffic it appeared to be farther to the right than I had anticipated every time I looked back up. It also passed behind trees which were between the object and myself and just became lost in the trees and buildings. I did not have a wide horizon at this time but the speed at which the object traversed it was impressive. About a quarter mile after the sighting Kenwood Ave. makes a 90 degree right hand turn. About another quarter mile past the turn I momentarily caught another glimpse of the object as it disappeared over the horizon, heading directly away from me.
At no time could I detect anything other than the flashing light. The light was very small. Not much bigger than a BB held at arms length. The flashes were primarily white but I think I may have detected intermittent red flashes. The part of this episode which has me baffled is the speed of the flashes. It was actually almost a solid light. Not at all a standard nav light. And, the speed at which it traveled. I also had the impression that the object was spinning, but I can't really say that for sure. That may have been an illusion caused by the flashes. My driver window was down but I heard no sounds other than traffic. As it disappeared the second time it was heading roughly toward Martin State Airport from which both Baltimore City and Maryland State Police operate their helicopters. I see both helicopters daily and I don't believe that this object was either one of them. I probably would have heard either helo and I can't picture them making that kind of speed even if they had a malfunctioning strobe light.