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Occurred : 4/4/1997 02:15 (Entered as : 04/04/1997 02:15)
Reported: 8/1/2004 4:36:59 AM 04:36
Posted: 8/11/2004
Location: Atlanta, GA
Shape: Sphere
Duration:4 minutes
Daytime sighting of spheres over Midtown Atlanta.

I was taking off work early to take pictures of Hale-Bopp in a rather dark part of the state, SW of Atlanta, later that night. I don't recall the exact date, but Hale-Bopp was pretty bright, the weather wasn't too cool and it was mostly overcast and windy (westerly) that day and clear that night (around Columbus, GA). Anyway, I left work in Midtown Atlanta and as I approached my truck I looked up at the sky, hoping it would clear by night and noticed in a clear area first 3 objects that were stationary in a triangle formation and then a 4th object that was nearby them and to the south of the three. I saw these objects as I was facing the west and they were to the NE of me, pretty high up. They where all alike, silver spheres and intially were stationary. They looked like many of the objects in home movies objects seen in Mexico. I framed them against a tall building to see if they were moving and they were not. The wind was moving the clouds at a pretty good rate so I didn't think they were ballons. They seemed above the clouds. Then, one by one, they slowly moved to the south. As they started moving and with all the cloud cover, I lost them pretty quickly. I wished I had a pair of binoculars and the next week I put a pair in the truck. The next week, looking for the objects as I was heading to the parking lot, I saw a similar object that with the naked eye looked like a silver sphere. It was lower and moving faster then the first objects that had seemed to almost drift. Through the binoculars it looked like it had a small red tail. The only thing I could think of is that it was a helicopter. But the original group seemed too high for helicopters unless they have pressurized cabins.

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