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UFO Sighting Report

Date:

July, 1995

Location:

Erwin, Tennessee, United States

Summary:

Large glowing red sphere.

Date Reported:

10/30/2014 3:58:35 PM

Sighting Time: 

10:00pm

Day/Night: 

Nighttime

No. of Witnesses: 

2

Duration: 

3-5 min

Appearance / Description of Object(s)

1) It was an absolutely brilliant red sphere, it lit up the whole damn valley. 2) It seemed perfectly spherical. 3) It was ~50 feet in diameter. This is a rough estimate as I wasn't really sure how close it was to us. 4) It emitted no sound whatsoever.

Size of Object(s)

Sphere ~50 feet in diameter

Distance to Object(s) & Altitude

From outer space to approx 100 yards away and then back into space.

Description of Area / Surroundings

Very secluded "lookout" type area.

Full Description & Details

First off, I am not a sensationalist or an attention seeker. I am, in fact, somewhat boring. I teach mathematics in high school and coach weightlifting. I don't lie as a personal rule, because I don't want to have to keep up with multiple versions of anything. Anyway, on summer night in late July 1995. I went with a couple friends of mine to a local lookout area. I was 19 at the time. We got to the very secluded place[1] and sat on the tailgate of my truck watching the sky till it got dark. Not long after darkness fell, I noticed a red star in the sky that was "wiggling." By that, I mean moving almost imperceptibly back and forth. I watched this for several minutes trying to decide whether the motion was real or not. Once I decided that it was, I elbow my friend and said, "Hey man, look at that." As soon as I did this, as though it cued the event, the light rushed down out of the sky and grew as it approached us. It came to within a hundred yards or so of us. One of my friends yelled and ran. The other of my friends and myself stared in wonder at the light for about 2 minutes. It was very difficult to determine many details about it, but I will list what I observed:

1) It was an absolutely brilliant red sphere, it lit up the whole damn valley.

2) It seemed perfectly spherical.

3) It was ~50 feet in diameter. This is a rough estimate as I wasn't really sure how close it was to us.

4) It emitted no sound whatsoever.

So we watched this, one of my most vivid memories of my friend is when I looked over at him and saw him in full rictus bathed in that red light. After the 2 minutes or so had passed, the light lazily floated away from us for a few seconds and then shot up with unimaginable speed. I saw sparks fly off of the light as it passed through the atmosphere. Then, it winked out and was gone. The take off, escape from Earth, and winking out may have taken only a single second.

After the "event" my friend and I got into the truck and drove around a mile down the road and found our friend. Then I drove home and no one said a word. We were all totally silent the whole way. In shock, I guess. Many, many times I tried to bring this up with my friend who was there, and he would always acknowledge that it happened and then quickly change the subject. If I pressed, he would get angry and clam up. He passed away in 2006 and we never really had a chance to talk about it. My other friend, the one that ran away, I met again only a few times as we weren't very close. It was basically the same thing with her, evasive, unsure, and eventually angry if I tried to discuss it. I noticed her at a high school football game about 4 years ago and tried to broach the subject, but she was again evasive.

Can sighting be explained as any conventional man-made or natural object?

Absolutely not.

Witness Background

Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics, 11 years in law enforcement, 8 years in education.

Views on UFOs, before and after sighting

Before, I was mostly indifferent/maybe leaning towards not believing in UFO's, but I did have an interest in science fiction. After, I was firmly convinced what I saw was an extra terrestrial intelligence and that UFO's are analyzing and/or interacting with humans.

Reported Sighting? 

No

Name: 

Chad Salyer

Your Location: 

TN

Age: 

38

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