|Occurred : 8/19/1999 15:45 (Entered as : 8-19-99 15:45)
Reported: 8/19/1999 17:21
Location: Wilmington, NC
|Rolling triangle seen moving in front of storm system.
A severe thunderstorm warning was issued this afternoon for South Eastern N.C. I watched as dark clouds approached from the northwest. While looking at the sky through my sliding glass door, something odd moving in the sky, caught my attention. I quickly opened the door and ran outside to get a better look. Moving directly ahead of the storm front and below the clouds was an object that I could not identify. At first, I thought it was some type of missile. It didn't have any wings. The object was silvery white and then it changed to black. I realized it was actually in a continuous roll, end over end, as it crossed the sky. On one roll it was very narrow and oblong. On the next roll, there was the unmistakable shape of a triangle. The triangle was black and equalateral with the corners slightly rounded. The object continued to roll very quickly across the sky, and then it was gone from sight. This all happened in a matter of between eight to ten seconds. The time was approximately 3:45pm. The directional movement of the object was northwest to southeast. There was no sound made by the object that I could detect. There was only the sound of thunder in the distance. The size of the object was about that of a nickel held at arms length.