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Occurred : 10/15/1997 21:30 (Entered as : 10/15/1997 21:30)
Reported: 4/10/2004 11:05:50 AM 11:05
Posted: 4/27/2004
Location: Waldorf, MD
Shape: Light
Duration:7 minutes
Three circular lights fuse into one and become an intensly bright beacon

Had I known about this site being available back seven years ago, I would have reported it to you all, but I did contact the local sheriffs who responded out to my house, but I don't believe they took a report. I am a Federal Police officer and I worked downtown in Washington, D.C. I decided to take off early that Friday night due to boredom when I arrived home at around 2115 hours. All the lights were off in my house but my husband and eleven year old daughter were in the family room watching TV. My husband (now ex-husband) went to take a shower while my daughter and I remained in the family room watching the TV. I decided to make hot chocolate for her and coffee for me in our kitchen which was dimly illuminated by the under range top light, when I heard my daughter tell me in a very startled voice, "Mommy, come look at the lights!" I told her to hold on a minute while I finished making our drinks, but her voice became even more desperate almost pleading with me to come look at the lights, and finally she started crying and almost in a state of panic, "look at the lights!" I thought she had turned the lights on in the family room because my kitchen lit up as if every light were on. I turned around and couldn't believe my eyes when I realized how brightly lit our family room was. It was a very warm October night, about 68 degrees outside, so we had a few of our windows open, including my sliding glass door in the kitchen which leads to the backyard where my dog Cleo was. Cleo is a black lab, doberman, dalmation mix, who weighs about 95 lbs.

I told her to wait inside while I went outside to see who or what was in my driveway. As I walked outside, I noticed three circular lights at about tree level across the street at my neighbors house. The tree was about 35 feet in height and the neighbors house was only about 20 feet high. In relationship to my house and my driveway, the circular lights were approximately 75 feet from me and were intensely bright. The circles of light were lined up horizontally and about 35 feet off of the ground. The circle in the middle was large and appeared to be five feet or so wide, the smaller lights on each side appeared to be two to three feet wide and all three ligths were a combination of amber, cream and white. A color that I have never seen before or since. The lights gave off or emitted heat and there was a humming noise in the air. When I walked out further to try and see what these lights were and where they were coming from, they moved quickly from horizontal to vertical, with the largest light still in the middle. The larger light seemed to be gyrating or oscillating and the lights appeared to be moving closer to me in which the lights became even more intensely bright, almost blinding me and there was heat being emitted. I didn't realize that my little girl had ran outside the door after me, so when I realized the lights were coming closer, and now I placed them at about 30 feet away from me the lights appeared to be like a "beacon" almost with a circular shape and almost to where you couldn't tell where one circle was from the other -- like they fused together. I turned around and ran inside, not realizing my child was outside crying, I ran back out to get her and I got her inside when my dog and other neighborhood dogs started growling and howling and acting almost as if she were spooked or rabid, she busted through the screen door and began barking and snarling at the front door. At that point I ran into the bathroom and pullled my husband from the shower with my hysterics about what my daughter and I were seeing outside. By the time my husband got the soap out of his eyes and a towel on him, we ran out to the front yard where the object still was brightly illuminated in our driveway, when the lights separated into three discs and sped off at at a rate of speed that most conventional airplanes could do and at what appeared to be a 45 degree angle. You could see a vapor trail of where they left because it was partly cloudy with the moon behind my house which is located in a southwesterly direction. When the police arrived, some of my neighbors came out to ask me if I had seen or heard anything because their dogs were going nuts and my daughter and I explained what we had seen. But my daughter saw it first so I have no idea of where they came from or how they descended to tree level. I think the sheriff's deputy thought my child and I were crazy, but my ex-husband who really didn't get a good look at anything too much agreed that my child and I definitely saw something, particularly convincing was the fact that our dog busted through our screen door and didn't calm down until ten minutes after the lights disappeared.

((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. PD))