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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 7/17/2003 21:19 (Entered as : 07/17/03 21:19)
Reported: 7/18/2003 12:54:39 PM 12:54
Posted: 7/23/2003
Location: New York City, NY
Shape: Formation
Duration: 2 1/2 minutes
Characteristics: There were lights on the object
Formation of moving lights over Manhattan

A friend and I saw a strange black object rise over the west side of Manhattan. The object proceeded to float eastward over the east river - a description that someone used earlier this year is perfect - "a string of illuminated pearls" trailing this black balloon-esque object. The strings were stationary, i.e. not moving around - just trailing the object. It looked like a moving constellation.