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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 4/11/1971 23:00 (Entered as : 04/11/1971 23:00)
Reported: 2/10/2004 10:44:36 PM 22:44
Posted: 2/12/2004
Location: Carrolton, GA
Shape: Circle
Duration: 30 minutes
Lights in the night sky of carrolton

This happened to me a long time ago so the date and time are as close as I can narrow it down to. In 1970 right after I had graduated from high school I went to Carrolton Georgia to attend West Georgia Colledge. I believe the name has changed to The University of West Georgia. I entered at the end of 1970 and left in 1973. The best I can remember was this event happened in 1971.

At the time the student center had a small valley that seperated it from the gymnasium. At the bottom of the small valley beside the student center was a small pond. Almost every night that was nice there were always people sitting around the pond and the general area. This night was a moonless night and the sky was very dark as it was somewhere around 9 to 11 PM. Me and a friend were walking from my dorm room to go to the gym to lift weights and had just walked past the front of the student center when we noticed people looking up into the night sky. We were looking over the pond about half way up into the sky.

As we looked up we saw 4 or 5 round objects each one had a different solid color. I can't remember all the colors but one was solid blue and one was red. They were close to each other and in a perfect horizontal line. Although they appeared to be far away they were still about as big as the end of an eraser on a pencil. All of a sudden they would jump out of line and do these eratic maneuvers and then get back in line. The angles in which they moved were nothing a aircraft could do and they were doing these maneuvers as fast as the eyes could keep up with them. We watched for what I estimate was about 30 minutes and left. When we left the lights were still there and many people were still watching them. I would estimate 30 or more people were there. The solid colors never changed and there were no blinking lights. They didn't appear blurry at all but just circles with a particular solid color.

I have no ideal what they were but I expected to hear something about it but the only thing I ever heard was another student there say it was swamp gas. Well I just never bought that as this was a rural area and the night sky was as clear as you could ever expect. Not one cloud was in the sky. My dad had retired from the Navy and was in what they called MATS, which stood for Military Air Transports. I grew up on Navel air stations in Norfolk Virginia Port Lyauty Morroco and Rota Spain and went to sleep with planes taking off all night long. I knew what planes in the sky looked like and had seen all kinds of conditions observing the sky. In the 60's we had no TV over seas so we spent a lot of time outside at night.

I can only imagine that at the time most colledge kids were considered dope smoking hippies and the relationship with this rural town was strained. Maybe no one felt like reporting this to the police as they would not be taken serious, who knows?

((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. PD))