UFO

Football shaped UFO with lights along Sacramento River

By Ted Bonnitt on June 1st, 2012
Football shaped UFO with lights along Sacramento River
Butte County, CA, north of Sacramento
Butte County, CA, north of Sacramento

A large, oblong object with at least dozen multi-colored lights was spotted in pre-dawn darkness on February 12, 2012, in Butte County, California.

The silent object was seen hovering over a wooded area along the Sacramento River, according to the witness who reported the sighting today to MUFON.

"It was shaped not unlike a football, but less accentuated 'ends,' it appeared to be symmetrical from to back top to bottom, although oblong."

"Although it had many more lights than a copter, and all around, above and below, with several colors, which I don't exactly recall now, white, blue I recall for sure, perhaps 12 or so lights total," the witness stated in the report.

The witness jumped from his car when he realized it was not a helicopter, and whistled and waved at the object.

The object then began to silently move away toward the southwest at an estimated speed of 20 mph.  The witness felt that the object may have moved away because his excitement.

No image was taken of the UFO.  MUFON did not release the name of the witness or the exact location of the sighting.

Original witness report:

CA, February 12, 2012 - predawn craft, large, hovering, when I got out of car and whistled loudly and waved i silently moved off to SW still just above tree tops. MUFON Case 38720.

Predawn leaving property in a wooded area on Sacramento River saw what at first I assumed was a helicopter b/c it was hovering. Although it had many more lights than a copter and all around, above and below, with several colors, which I don't exactly recall now, white, blue I recall for sure, perhaps 12 or so lights total. It was shaped not unlike a football but less accentuated "ends," it appeared to be symmetrical from to back top to bottom, although oblong. I jumped from car when I realized not a copter (we have copters for field chemical applications out here)and whistled and waved. It then moved off silently toward the SW at a speed of about 20 mph or so, still noiseless. I have tried to fit this in a know craft behavior, but I can't, so I give up and am reporting now.

I can't say why I whistled and waved, except that it was close enough, although still dark out, to see it was solid, close and big and I whistled while it was hovering. I felt it began to move away after that, it felt like it was in response to my curiosity and had I not jumped out may have had a longer witness. Hard to imagine an alien craft and yet I can't think of any known craft we have that behaves like that. I want to think it was a helicopter, but it just doesn't fit visually or in it's silence.  

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