UFO

Bright disc object reported over Lakeland, Florida

By Ted Bonnitt on October 29th, 2012
Bright disc object reported over Lakeland, Florida
The witness took photos of a disc-shaped object hovering in the sky over Interstate 4. Credit: MUFON database.
The witness took photos of a disc-shaped object hovering in the sky over Interstate 4. Credit: MUFON database.

A witness driving with two children spotted a low flying UFO in Lakeland, Florida, on the evening of October 27, 2012.

The unidentified witness told the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) that they were driving on Polk Highway toward Interstate 4 at about 8:30 pm when "something bright caught my eye ahead. It was fairly low, but not dangerously low. Very bright."

At first, the witness thought it might have been an aircraft with flame coming out of its engines.  But as they approached the object the witness "realized that it was not a plane and it was nothing I've ever seen before."

The object appeared to be low enough to the ground that the witness looked to see if it was a sign possibly attached to a tall pole. However, a closer inspection revealed the object to be disc shaped, and changing position from tilted to level.

The object "seemed to have a light on top, with a skirt of lights all around the bottom. The lights pulsated and were very bright," according to the witness.

The witness pulled their vehicle to the side of the road to take pictures of the object.

The witness reported that craft appeared to switch from hovering in a stationary position to moving slowly , but that "it wasn't darting around."

After all three witness in the vehicle observed the object for 10-15 minutes, they departed the area.

Original (unedited) witness report:

October 27, 2012, 8:30 p.m., Lakeland, FL - Disk like object seen with lights on top and around perimeter of bottom. Case Number 43589.

I was traveling on the Polk Parkway on Saturday night, 10/27/12, around 8:30pm. It was dark. My 2 children were in the back seat. I was headed toward I4 on the parkway and something bright caught my eye ahead. It was fairly low, but not dangerously low. Very bright. My first thought was that it was a plane with fire coming out of the engines or something. I continued to watch it and as we got closer I realized that it was not a plane and it was nothing Ive ever seen before. I kept thinking I was going to see a pole or something attached to the bottom, like it was some sort of sign, but as we got closer I realized that this was no sign and it wasnt a typical airplane. It was disk shaped, tilted sometimes, level others. It seemed to have a light on top, with a skirt of lights all around the bottom. The lights pulsated and were very bright. We pulled over the car and took a few pictures. It did seem to be moving slowly, then would stay stationary, then move again. It wasnt darting around, just seemed to be loitering above. After about 5 or 10 minutes we continued on our way home. We all three saw it. No one felt weird or sick or nervous or scared, just intrigued.

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