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Occurred : 8/5/2009 19:30 (Entered as : 08/05/09 19:30)
Reported: 8/5/2009 8:46:14 PM 20:46
Posted: 8/27/2009
Location: Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Shape: Light
Duration:3 minutes
Orange lights in a line appearing and disappearing.

UFO Sighting:

Today (August 5, 2009) at approximately 7:30 p.m., myself and three others witnessed what I can only describe as a UFO. We are located about 10 miles west of Panama City Beach, Florida. Then sun was about to go over the horizon when I saw a small light about two to three times larger than a star appears to be. The light was located southwest of us over the water approx. 5 to 8 miles away. The angle above the horizon was about 35 degrees. The color of the light was an orange-yellow, similar to that of the color of the sun.

After a few seconds the light disappeared then reappeared slightly to the left. That light then disappeared and seconds later two lights appeared a little to the left of where they had just been, then about four or five appeared, again to the left. This sequence of disappearing and appearing went on for about 2 or 3 minutes. These lights were not moving when they were visible, only disappearing and reappearing. The lights disappeared for a final time traveling a total of a few miles. The lights were in a line, appearing to be lined up in the direction that they were moving. Every time the lights disappeared they sort of faded out for a second or two. Their path was a straight line. There was no noise or anything else associated with this event.

I previously considered myself somewhat of a skeptic when it came to UFOs. So at first I was trying to think of what else it could be. There are a few Air Force and Navy bases near by, but this was definitely something I had never before seen. There was no other solid object or anything visible that they could be connected to. After seeing this I looked up pictures on the internet of UFOs, and found these lights’ appearance to be similar to the event that took place a few years back in Arizona, known as the "Phoenix Lights."

((NUFORC Note: We spoke via telephone with this witness, and he sounded to us to be both serious-minded, and a bit "shaken" by his sighting. PD))