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|National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report|
|Occurred : 9/11/1995 16:30 (Entered as : 09/11/1995 16:30)
Reported: 9/19/2003 9:48:41 AM 09:48
Location: Pierce City, MO
Duration: 5 sec.
Characteristics: There were lights on the object, There was an aura or haze around the object, The object emitted beams
|Cigar- shaped metallic object hovers over field- shines light, disappears in daylight near Pierce City MO.
I was driving with a friend of mine to Pierce City Missouri. We were on highway 97 heading south. The sun was shining bright that day and there were only a few high clouds. About a mile north of the city, there are a few hills and valleys. As we came down a hill, I noticed an object floating about a hundred feet from the ground.
I assumed it was one of the Goodyear Mini-blimps that they have for sports events. My first thought seemed reasonable, that it was flying somewhere for a big sports event, I had seen one fly over my house in 1985, so it was not a big surprise to see it.
But two things caught my attention immediately. First, it was a little skinny for a blimp and secondly, it seemed to be flashing a bright spotlight. I laughed and pointed it to my friend in the passenger seat. I had to watch the road, so I looked away for a second to drive, as we passed a tree.
I became concerned because my friend's jaw was wide open, and he had a look of total blankness. He was able to get a really good look at the object. As we passed the tree I suddenly realized it was no blimp.
There was no GOODYEAR written on the side, no propellers, no tail fins, no flashing signs. What I thought was the harsh reflection of the sun on the skin of a balloon was in fact, a bright light coming from beneath a large (100') metallic cigar shaped craft.
It was only about 100 or 150 yards from the road. It was barely above tree top level. I had assumed I would get a good look at it as we continued down the highway. The object continued to hover for a second, then vanished into a shadowy streak, climbing altitude and disappearing over the road.
The whole event lasted about 5 seconds. The craft made no sounds. A few hundred yards down the road, we saw a family bar-b-que outside, but they were totally oblivious to the sighting. There were no other cars on the road, so it seems there were only two witnesses.
My friend got a much better look at the craft then I did. He told me later that there were beams of light shooting out from underneath it. I can remember being hit with the light, which was very bright. Because the sun was starting to set on the other side of the road, to my right,my thought was that an unlucky reflection was hitting me in the eye.
What I didn't see, that the passenger did, was that as we came down the hill, two beams of light (like search lights) poured out from the craft and pointed at the car. The light was very bright, but annoyed me to look away. Very quickly, I began to have difficulty remembering the shape of the craft and what it was doing. A couple of days later, I had forgotten about the lights and was forgetting the shape. The only thing that was clear to me was what went on in my mind. I remember what I was thinking just as clearly today as then (8 years later). I have trouble remembering what I SAW. That's odd.
Fortunately my friend remembers it all. He doesn't talk about it much, I don't think he'll ever say more about it. We have all the details locked in our memories between us.
UFOs are pretty common here in Missouri. There was a sighting this morning (Sept. 19, 2003) outside of Carthage MO (64836)- but I didn't see it- so I can't report it. Four cars saw it, maybe someone else will.
((NUFORC Note: Date may be approximate, although the witness does not indicate that fact. We will invite the witness to submit a second report about the apparent sighting in Carthage. PD))