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Mystery Shrouds Giant Floating Orb

From: Stig Agermose <stig.agermose@privat.dk>
Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2002 03:19:57 +0200
Fwd Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2002 16:25:30 -0400
Subject: Mystery Shrouds Giant Floating Orb


Source: The Post and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina),

http://www.charleston.net/pub/news/local/13sphere.htm

Stig

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Mystery shrouds IOP's floating orb

**

Thursday, June 13, 2002

BY GLENN SMITH
Of The Post and Courier Staff

*

ISLE OF PALMS - When a giant silver orb washed up in front of
her rented beach house Monday night, Marie Segneri wondered for
a moment if aliens had landed in the middle of her family
reunion.

The smooth, metallic ball was at least 3 feet in diameter and
weighed a couple hundred pounds or more. Aside from a series of
numbers stamped on its slightly dimpled surface, the sphere
offered few clues as to its origin.

"It looked like it may have been in the sea for awhile, but we
just had no idea what it was," said Segneri, a vacationer from
Tampa, Fla.

Segneri's family wasn't alone. A parade of authorities from
local, state and federal agencies examined the odd ball
Wednesday. All came away scratching their heads.

"Strange," said Isle of Palms Fire Chief Ann Graham, shaking her
head. "We're calling it a UFO - an unidentified floating
object."

Two Segneri family members first spotted the sphere Monday
afternoon when the sun glinted off its surface as it bobbed in
the ocean. Thinking it was giant beach ball or a stray buoy,
they swam out to grab it.

"We tried to push it toward shore, but it was just too heavy,
and we had to let it go," said Tony Segneri, Marie's nephew.

The ocean eventually coughed up the ball later that day. Someone
called authorities about the sphere, and the town sent a
firefighter to investigate. A decision was made to leave it
there and take another look when the sun was up. But when
firefighters returned, it was gone.

That's because Segneri stumbled across the silver sphere while
walking along the beach that night with her nieces and nephews.
Concerned that it was a hazard to children, her relatives pushed
the sphere up a ramp from the beach and deposited it in the
dunes in front of their Ocean Boulevard house, where it became
something of a curious lawn ornament.

"We just didn't know what to do with it," she said.

Unable to determine what it is was and tired of looking at it,
the family called police Wednesday. In no time, the area was
roped off with yellow tape and official- looking people were
crawling all over the sphere.

The Segneris had planned to spend the day visiting local sights,
but instead cracked sodas and pulled up lawn chairs to watch the
action from their back porch. In the course of the afternoon,
police, firefighters, the Air Force bomb squad, Coast Guard
personnel and an inspector from the state Department of Health
and Environmental Control came to examine the orb, which was
parked on the ground beside a barbecue grill.

Various people poked, rubbed, studied and photographed it. They
contacted agencies such as NASA and the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration, but no one claimed ownership.

The Coast Guard's best guess was that the sphere was some sort
of flotation device used in a dredging operation. But the ball
had no hooks or clamps where a line might be attached to hold it
in place, Graham said.

Finally, at about 4 p.m., crews hauled the sphere to the town's
public works department for safe keeping. In the process, the
orb cracked in half along a seam. No little green men came out,
just some old seawater.

"There was nothing green, nothing glowing," Graham said. "It
will probably just go to the scrap yard."

*

Glenn Smith covers police and crime. Contact him at 937-5556 or
at gsmith@postandcourier.com.

Copyright =A9 2002 Charleston.Net. All Rights Reserved.




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