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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 8/11/2004 11:35 (Entered as : 08/11/2004 11:35)
Reported: 8/11/2004 7:35:14 PM 19:35
Posted: 8/24/2004
Location: Kirkwood (Saint Louis), MO
Shape: Other
Duration: 5 - 7 min
Black Crucible

I was outside of my shop in Kirkwood, on Manchester Road, when I saw a black or dark colored object in the shape of a bell or upside-down crucible. It was probably at 1000 foot elevation and moving steadily in an eastwardly direction (toward the river) at a speed that must have been 60mph or more. I watched it as it moved away from my position. Then, after about 4 or 5 minutes, it went into a vertical climb at the same rate of speed. I continued to watch for about one more minute until it disapeared into the cloud cover. It made no noise and was not a recognizable craft. It had no wings, lights, landing gear or propellers. My closest explanation is that it was a 20 or 30 foot wide black balloon that travels at 60mph.

At the risk of straining my credibility, I believe I saw this same object (or one very similar) three days prior, from my residence in south city Saint Louis at about 7:30 pm. This object had the same shape and moved about 60mph in a South/southwestwardly direction. I did not get as long a look at it before it moved behind some trees.

I have never reported a UFO before. I am almost 32, with a graduate degree and I have never taken drugs. I am very used to seeing all kinds of aircraft in and around the city. We have a very busy airport, there are news helicopters, military planes, blimps, and castaway helium balloons from the car dealer next door - and the object I saw did not look (or act) like any of those.