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Occurred : 7/4/2008 23:30 (Entered as : 07/04/08 23:30)
Reported: 7/7/2008 11:17:29 AM 11:17
Posted: 8/12/2008
Location: Stanwood, WA
Shape: Oval
Duration:5 minutes
Stanwood July 4th sighting explained

This is just a response to a report from Stanwood on the evening of July 4th that may have a conventional source. I was passing through the area on my way to Camano Island and saw an object float south to north across the highway. It was roughly circular in shape and pulsating with an orange-ish light. I immediately turned on a northerly cross street to pursue the object which appeared to be a a very low elevation (40 to 50 feet). and climbing steadily. As I was able to pull under the object I recognized it as a very cool, 3 foot tall, miniature hot air balloon (the type that I used to make myself as a kid). After I turned around and wnet back to the highway I saw another.....just as it was launched form the church parking lot on the corner. Heading home I saw the original ballon still glowing in the sky, quite some distance away and at about 500 feet elevation. When I told my daughter and nephew about what I'd seen the previous night their response was, "Oh, yeah, we saw a sign for Flying Chinese Lanterns at the Reservation Fireworks stand last night".

Though my personal belief is that there 'are' many sightings that are 'not' explainable by conventional means, this one 'is'.......

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