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Occurred : 7/15/1998 08:00 (Entered as : 07/15/98 08:00)
Reported: 3/24/2007 11:58:58 AM 11:58
Posted: 4/27/2007
Location: Columbus, OH
Shape: Other
Duration:10 seconds
No joke, a giant Teddy Bear shaped UFO.

Okay, this is a strange story but rather funny and I just have to share it. I'm not positive about the exact date or year. But it was the summer of 97 or 98. I was driving northbound to my office in Columbus, Ohio and stopped at my usual fast food place for breakfast. I pulled around the back of the building to the service window. As I stopped at the window I looked up and noticed straight in front of me but maybe a block or two away, a giant (30-40 feet tall)Teddy Bear floating in the sky right above the trees. I thought I was seeing things for a second then realized it must be a hot air balloon although where the basket would be was below the tree tops. It floated past the corner of the building I was next to so I couldn't see it any longer. I laughed and told the cashier what I saw when he waited on me. He stuck his head out the window but it was already out of sight. A few moments later he gave me my order and I drove forward. As I turned around the corner of the building I looked to where the object should be based on it's speed and direction. There was nothing there. Before I pulled back onto the main street I looked all around and up. It had disappeared. Because of the flatness of the area and lack of large trees or tall buildings the only way I could explain it disappearing was if it had crashed behind a home and lost it's air in the short time between when I saw it float past the building and when I pulled up. I listened to the local news that evening to hear if there had been a balloon crash or even a balloon show. Nothing was mentioned. As nutty as this sounds it really happened just as I wrote.

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