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Occurred : 10/20/1997 08:45 (Entered as : 10/20/1997 8:45)
Reported: 10/26/2011 11:47:27 PM 23:47
Posted: 12/12/2011
Location: Gig Harbor, WA
Shape: Light
Duration:30 seconds to 1 minute
I saw my first UFO when I was on my way to school as a child.

I've seen three different UFOs in my life. First when I was in elementary school, maybe 7 or 8 years of age. The first incident took place when I was on my way to school in the morning. I was the only kid at the back of the bus. It was a sunny day in my hometown. Through the emergency window, the large window-like door at the rear of the bus, I was watching the sky, when something of an anomaly caught my eye; a bright object was flying in the sky, seemingly controlled by something as it moved. I can't exactly remember if it was following us, or if it was just moving around in one region in the sky. The only way I can describe it is that it was a large bright orb, almost like I was watching a miniature sun that was moving, and I could look at it without it burning my eyes or anything which, as a kid, or an adult for that matter, was and is quite impressive. It suddenly vanished (the whole event only took maybe 30 seconds to a minute) then came back, almo! st like a light turning off then turning back on.

After another few seconds of watching it as we drove away, it vanished again, and I never saw it after that. Because I was the only one at the back of the bus and because everyone else was looking out the side windows in their own seat in the middle and front of the bus, I suspect I was the only one who saw it. I never told any of the other kids as I was quite shy in my childhood; I'm sure you can imagine how hard it would be for a young and shy child to bring up UFOs. At the time I didn't even know what UFOs were, to other kids.