|Occurred : 7/22/2011 21:00 (Entered as : 07/22/11 21:00)
Reported: 7/24/2011 3:06:48 PM 15:06
Location: Pawleys Island, SC
|Large orange glowing orb moving over Litchfield Beach
On the night of July 22, 2011, at approximately 9:00pm, my 5 ½ year old son and I were on Litchfield Beach (Pawleys Island, SC). We had just watched some small fireworks from people about 100 yards up the beach and remained on our blanket to look at the stars. It was a clear night. We were facing the ocean and lying down.
We gazed at the stars and talked as a few people walked by but we were eventually alone. Other fireworks were seen about a mile up the beach (north).
After about 30 minutes I decided it was time to return to the beach house. My son sat up first and when he turned around he immediately exclaimed about what he saw in the sky behind and to the left of us over land.
I sat up, turned, and was startled to see a large orange glowing orb (far larger than any aircraft relative to were it appeared--smaller, about half the size of a full moon). It was about 50 degrees above the horizon and probably under but close to 500 feet in altitude.. It appeared to moving toward us at first but was actually moving away (north) from us.
We watched it move slowly and smoothly in a straight line for almost 2 minutes before it disappeared into either isolated cloud cover or possibly the haze of Myrtle Beach lights many miles north. My son was a little worried but I remained calm and explained that it was simply "unidentified", and what that meant.
We talked about what it could have been and another minute later I turned around (from the ocean facing inland) and it was there again but directly behind us and closer. We both saw it. It was clearly visible and seemingly a brightly glowing gaseous orange orb with a faint red outer tinge. My son said, "It looks like fire and gas" It was unlike ANYTHING I’d ever seen in the sky before
This time I was uneasy because it was quite ominous and eerie so when my little boy said, "I think we should get out of here, Mom, let’s go" I stood up grabbed the blanket without shaking off the sand, and we quickly left, still watching it as we walked up and over the board walk. (About 2 minutes time again that we viewed the object).
On the golf cart ride back to the beach house, I remarked that no one was going to believe us.
We returned to the house and told all family members. My son described the object the same as I would have as "orange and round and -on top what looked like a red cap".
It was little hard falling asleep just thinking about what we had seen.
((NUFORC Note: We spoke with this witness via telephone, and she sounded to us to be quite serious-minded and credible. We suspect that she is an excellent witness. PD))