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Occurred : 4/23/1997 19:30 (Entered as : 04/23/97 19:30)
Reported: 4/23/2003 11:23:20 AM 11:23
Posted: 4/27/2003
Location: Houston, TX
Shape: Triangle
Duration:20 minutes
Stationary hourglass-shaped object that appeared to be made of glass

I stepped out onto the front porch of my house, which faced due east. It was about 7:30PM and heavily overcast with a ceiling of about 1000 feet with a strange orange color to the clouds, which I assume came from the Low Pressure Sodium lighting around the city. I happened to glance up at about a 45 degree angle and noticed a very strange shaped object just sitting there, stationary in the sky just below the cloud ceiling. It was two equilateral triangles, connected at the tips in the shape of an hour glass. Your choices of descriptions of the object above didn't include hourglass shape.

I've always been interested in the subject of UFO's but hadn't seen one previously and so was immediately intrigued. I watched it for about 10 minutes and noticed that it appeared to be two FLAT equiliateral triangles made of transparent glass which seemed to either reflect the clouds around it or project the clouds behind it, through the solid-appearing object. I ran inside and got the phone to call the city desk at the local newspaper to report it and find out if anyone else had seen it. They said that yes, others had seen it, about 8 calls had already come in. The guy said someone surmised that it was some kind of reflection from a petrochemical flair at the ship channel. True, the color of the object, a strange orangish color that was very similar to the surrounding clouds, was very similar to the color of the bright orange flairs I've seen at petrochemical plants. However, clouds are constantly moving and changing shape and this object was not only stationary, but fixed in its shape with very sharp and straight edges so their explanation did not even come close to holding water!

((NUFORC Note: Date may be approximate, although the witness does not indicate that fact. PD