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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 7/3/2005 22:01 (Entered as : 07/03/2005 22:01)
Reported: 7/5/2005 7:37:00 PM 19:37
Posted: 7/13/2005
Location: Richlands, VA
Shape: Unknown
Duration: 25 SECONDS
Characteristics: There were lights on the object
HIGH IN THE CLEAR DARK NIGHT SKY, THE OBJECT RAPIDLY CHANGED COURSE SEVERAL TIMES AND IT'S LIGHT WENT OUT BEFORE IT CHANGED DIRECTIONS

WE WERE JUST STARTING TO WATCH SOME FIREWORKS DISPLAYS GO OFF WHEN I NOTICED WHAT LOOKED LIKE A PLANE'S LIGHT IN THE SKY ABOVE THE FIREWORKS COMING FROM THE SOUTHEAST TRAVELING TO THE NORTHWEST. MAYBE A DOZEN FIREWORKS HAD BEEN FIRED UP INTO THE SKY WHEN I NOTICED IT. AS I WATCHED IT, IT TURNED 90 DEGREES TO THE SOUTHWEST. THE LIGHT WAS NOT AS FAST FLASHING AS A PLANE. IT TRAVELED A FEW SECONDS IN THIS DIRECTION AND THEN BEGAN TO ZIG-ZAG AROUND SEVERAL TIMES. EACH TIME IT CHANGED DIRECTION, ITS LIGHT WOULD DISAPPEAR BRIEFLY. AFTER SEVERAL DIFFERENT ZIG-ZAGS, IT CAME BACK TO ITS ORIGINAL POSITION WHEN IT FIRST TURNED AND RESUMED IT'S SOUTHEAST-NORTHWESTLY ROUTE. I WATCHED IT TRAVEL TOWARDS THE LAST TWO STARS IN THE BIG DIPPER AND SHORTLY THEREAFTER, IT DISAPPEARED. MY WIFE SAW IT AND A YOUNG BOY BEHIND US. THERE WERE MAYBE 60-70 PEOPLE SITTING ON THE HILL BUT NOT MANY SAW IT AS THEY WERE WATCHING THE FIREWORKS.