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Occurred : 6/1/2001 23:00 (Entered as : 06/01/2001 23:00)
Reported: 3/23/2007 8:42:58 AM 08:42
Posted: 4/27/2007
Location: Hilton Head, NC
Shape: Light
Duration:5 minutes
A circular light in the sky that appeared as silently and rapidly as it disappeared.

My friend and I were near the famous lighthouse on Hilton Head Island, listening to live music with a large group of people. We were sitting on a bench, looked up (in the direction of the land, not the ocean) and saw a large, very circular and bright white/yellow light hovering in the sky that appeared out of nowhere. It would move slightly, but was practically still. We heard no sounds, although, if there were any, they likely would have been drowned out by the music. We stared and did not speak, watching the object move forward slightly through the clouds. Then the object disappeared, analogous to someone turning off a light. After it disappeared, my friend and I looked at each other and confirmed what we had both seen. Two other couples sitting on benches to our left had the same gaping mouth expression as we did, and asked if we had seen the light as well. While we were recent high school graduates, the two other couples were in their mid- to late-60s. Others at the lighthouse may have seen it, but the 6 of us were away from the action, not facing the direction of the event. We had no clear explanation for what it could have been. There were no fireworks or searchlights at the event. We were ridiculed by family members, who insisted that our sighting was related to nearby military facilities. Although it was now 6 years ago, I still get chills thinking about the event, which I remember as clear as day. I would love to know if others that were there saw the same light, but unfortunately, I do not remember the exact date (I would estimate it being early to mid June of 2001).

((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the sighting is approximate. PD))