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Occurred : 9/19/2009 21:55 (Entered as : 09/19/09 21:55)
Reported: 9/21/2009 1:58:10 AM 01:58
Posted: 12/12/2009
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Shape: Light
Duration:25 Min
UFO - Viewed From Downtown Minneapolis, MN

Observation location: Across the street from Orchestra Hall, 1210 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis, MN, looking down Marquette Ave. toward the Wells Fargo and IDS Towers.

Description: Object was a light, appearing from this vantage point to be above the Wells Fargo Tower. The taller IDS Tower is located to the left of the Wells Fargo Tower, the object would typically move slowly from the right of the Wells Tower, left above the top of the Wells Tower, and continue further to the IDS Tower, and would go out of view behind the IDS Tower. The object would come from behind the IDS Tower back over the Wells Tower, then move to the right beyond the Wells Tower, and back again.

The object sometimes performed fast complete loops in the air, would abruptly stop, and would drift slowly once again. Sometimes the object would change direction abruptly moving up, down, sideways, or diagonally at a high rate of speed, sometimes instantaneously changing direction at a high rate of speed several times before abruptly stopping and then beginning to drift again. There were times when the object would appear to hover without moving for up to a minute. On at least two occasions the object quickly, at a high rate of speed, darted down at a diagonal between the towers toward the ground, covering two thirds the height of the Wells Tower in perhaps one half second. There were times when the object would go dark and reappear several seconds later, sometimes at the same, sometimes at a different location. There were times when the object would become dim, then brighter. There were times when the object would appear to pulsate in intensity. The second witness, ! a woman who stopped to watch, stated that the object changed colors.

Luminosity: Variable, from dark to dim, but often about as bright as Jupiter would appear in a dark sky. Note that downtown Minneapolis is highly lit at night, as is the Wells Tower itself.

Other: The aircraft obstruction light on the antenna mast at the top of the IDS Tower functioned normally during the entire observation. Several large commercial aircraft, apparently on approach to MSP International, made typical runs across the general area appearing to be at a higher elevation than the object observed. There was an advertising searchlight scanning the sky in Minneapolis that night but it had no effect upon the observation of this object. I observed the light for twenty five minutes, left and returned twenty minutes later to find the object still presenting itself as before. I left and returned once again thirty minutes after the second observation and could observe no trace of the object.

Opinion: This was not a conventional aircraft, helicopter, or bird. The abrupt stops, instantaneous change of direction, zig-zagging, and fast rates of speed, loops, and abrupt stops are inconsistent with such explanations.


((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous; provides no contact information. PD))