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Occurred : 7/30/1996 11:00 (Entered as : 07/30/1996 11:00)
Reported: 8/4/2004 12:44:26 PM 12:44
Posted: 8/11/2004
Location: Gilroy, CA
Shape: Light
Duration:8minutes approx
Gilroy California

Reference the forwarded photograph taken at the end of July first week of August 1996 time frame. I recently came across this photograph again and scanned it in to my computer, something I did not own when I first arrived in Gilroy; enlarging it for a better view I was intrigued by what I was looking at particularly the straight angular bar at the bottom. I believed that there was a seperation between the two objects in the photo but on showing it to a couple of friends they suggested it was connected, the blue in the middle was the sky reflecting on to what must be a very shiny side of the object.

All the more intriguing, as this was not what I had taken a picture of. I had been working in my kitchen when from outside a white flash caught the corner of my eye turning to see what it was I noticed what I at first thought was a white plastic bag that the sun was giving a brightness to as it was being carried by the wind.

There was no wind this is July/ August in Gilroy Calfornia, as I stood watching trying to figure out what it could be this brilliant white object hovered for a few seconds maybe as long as thirty seconds at times then it would all of a sudden be in a different place in the sky, skipping in zig-zag fashion extremely fast, impossible for anything I had previously believed could travel at such a rate. It would be in one position then literally in a flash a position distant to its original.

I watched this erratic zig-zaging and hovering for maybe six minutes. The object seemed to be getting closer as it appeared to be getting a little larger each time.

I ran to get my camera, returning the object was closer and larger that any time previous and just hovering. I quickly aimed my camera and hoped I had captured something the object simultaneously disappeared.

As you can see there was no no expanse of brilliant white light but the object you see.

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