|Occurred : 10/7/2006 02:00 (Entered as : 10/07/06 02:00)
Reported: 10/24/2006 8:30:56 AM 08:30
Location: Blacksburg, VA
|Ball of light at ROTC training
This happened during an Army ROTC training weekend in a large wooded area on base.
While on a land navigation exercise in the woods at about 2 am, perhaps 3-ish, two other people in my fire team and I witnessed a large ball of light traveling slowly over the treetops. there was a very high pitched humming noise.
Our compasses were not working, but using terrain association we figured that it was heading roughly north/northeast, at maybe 10-20 mph. It was moving much too slowly to be a missile or other projectile that I've ever seen, and was far too close to have been mistaken for a helicopter or an airplane.
We have not reported this incident to anyone, although I have heard from other cadets in the NR Battalion besides those in my squad/fireteam that saw the same object early that morning.
It passed almost over us, and I could not discern its shape, it was only a "blob" of light.