From: Peter Davenport <director.nul> Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2011 13:22:27 -0700 Archived: Tue, 12 Jul 2011 06:48:15 -0400 Subject: 'Fireball' Redux To the List: On January 09th of this year, I posted to the List a summary, together with links, of some of the more dramatic sighting reports of peculiar 'fireballs' that had been submitted to NUFORC. The colors reported for the objects were red, orange, amber, gold, and yellow, but generally red and orange. Over recent months, the phenomenon has continued, seemingly unabated. Moreover, many of the reports seem to be of quite bizarre events, which seem un-ascribable to normal pyrotechnic devices. On July 4th, and again on July 6th, I posted to the NUFORC site newly received reports, many of which appear to fall within the category of reports that I address above. Although some of them might be the result of pyrotechnic devices, most of them appear to me not to be. As an example, I invite List members to read the report from the EMS/ambulance helicopter pilot in Cleveland, OH, who witnessed a very peculiar object from the cockpit of his helicopter in the early morning of July 04th, as he was initiating an engine start. What he witnessed caused him to halt the engine-start process, get out of the cockpit, and run to alert his co- workers, in order to have them witness the bizarre object. Here is a link to his report: http://www.nuforc.org/webreports/082/S82138.html His illustration of the object can be seen on the NUFORC homepage. When I spoke to him yesterday (July 10th), I asked him whether he thought the object might have been a July 4th pyrotechnic device. His response to the question is best described as a scoff and guffaw. Also, we just recently received a report from a life-long pilot, who resides in Flint, MI, about his sighting on the evening of July 4th, at approximately 22:45 hrs. (EDT). I have spoken with him via telephone on four occasions, and the most intriguing parts of his verbal description are 1) the manner in which the object maneuvered, and 2) the breath-taking manner in which it suddenly accelerated, and shot to the north. He stated that he had never witnessed an object accelerate so rapidly. Here is a copy of his written statement: [Begin Copied Report] "I was sitting in my backyard facing north at about 22:45 hours on July 4th, 2011. In the sky to the north of where I was sitting, a large orange spherical shaped object was travelling very slowly from east to west. It did not appear to be burning or fiery, just a glowing orange color. My family has a history in avionics (my father flew a B-17G in WWII and I flew cargo with him for years after the war) and, from my own personal experience, I would have to estimate the size at about 75-100 feet in diameter, about 1,000 feet up in the air and travelling at about 2-3 knots. The object travelled about 75-100 yards at this speed then immediately ascended in a northerly direction at a highly accelerated rate. It did not "bank" like you would expect from an aircraft, it immediately switched directions. I could not detect any sound coming from the object or its flight. I watched it travel in this direction until it was out of my line of sight." [End Copied Report] Over the seventeen years that I have served as Director of NUFORC, I have not seen anything like what appears to be taking place currently. NUFORC has received a veritable "torrent" of reports of "fireballs," for which there seems to be no adequate explanation. It suggests to me that something is taking place right under our noses, and above our heads, that is being largely ignored. If all of these reports are the result of the launching of "Chinese lanterns," I recommend that you 1) check your home fire insurance policies, and 2) purchase stock in the companies that manufacture those pyrotechnic devices. I share this information, for your interest, and invite List members to view the many reports in the NUFORC database, for the current and recent months. I will post this advisory to other Lists, as well. Regards, Peter NUFORC Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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