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Occurred : 6/15/1982 19:00
Reported: 12/29/2003 6:46:54 AM 06:46
Posted: 1/17/2004
Location: New York City (Staten Island), NY
Shape: Cigar
Duration:5 minutes
Three UFOs disguised as "Clouds"

Back in 1982 when I was living on Staten Island, I was in a shopping plaza on Hylan Blvd, when I noticed off in the distance, some very low flying objects coming towards me. The sky was bright and clear. They were flying in a triangle formation.

When they were close enough for me to identify them, they looked like three burning, smoking clouds.

They were no more than 200 feet high, and they passed almost directly overhead. The bottom of these "clouds" looked like pure flame, violently churning inward toward the middle. The tops of these "clouds" were sort of bubbling, as the smoke did not rise in a column, but stayed with the body of these clouds of flame and smoke.

I have never seen clouds like this before, nor have I seen any since. Some might think that the sun was setting, so the bottom of the clouds were reflecting the sun, but very high in the sky, I could see white clouds, and for them not to reflect the same red from the sun should be proof enough that it was not taken at sunset.

These three clouds made no sound as they passed overhead at about two hundred feet, and traveling 60 to 80 miles an hour. These three clouds looked totally out of place for the sky above them. As they traveled toward me, a small amount of "smoke" did trail off from them. I remember the feeling of the hairs on my arm standing up, but I attributed this to static electricity.

I remember thinking how weird, and unnatural they looked, but my first thought was they were some kind of tempture anomaly. Now all this would be left up to speculation, and disbelief if it wasn't for the fact that I had a still camera with me, and I took pictures of these three strange clouds as they came toward me.

It wasn't until the movie Independence Day that I ever saw anything like clouds associated with UFOs. Recently I was listening to a program on television, and heard someone talking about UFOs that hid in a cloud or appeared like clouds. This made me look for the photos I have had for so long. I have found two of the three pictures I know I have. Two coming toward me, and one after they passed by and moving away from me. The two I have found should allow for a good investigation since they were taken close together, and you can see how the clouds details have changed in that short period of time. Below the clouds are buildings so I'm sure a scale can be made from the pictures, and possibly the speed at which they traveled.

If NUFORC is interested in the photos, please email me.

Before I release them for investigation, I will have them copyrighted.

((NUFORC Note: Time and date above are approximate. PD))