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Occurred : 7/12/2007 22:00 (Entered as : 7/12 22:00)
Reported: 7/13/2007 1:16:33 PM 13:16
Posted: 8/7/2007
Location: Gresham, OR
Shape: Light
Duration:over hour
Strange light attracting smaller lights of eradict movements during lighting and thunder storm sky empty of commercial aircraft

Around 22:00 here in Gresham, Oregon we experienced a lighting and thunder storm, it began approximately around 21:00. This storm was announced in the morning news to be headed into the coastal regions from the pacific ocean and perhaps would reach Portland in the evening. Me and my boyfriend had just finished watching a movie and we decided to go outside and watch the lighting for a moment. Thunder was also heard after the lighting. As we watched the lighting our attention became focused to the southeastern sky where we could view the brightest lighting strikes. To right of these strikes was what we believed to be a bright star, however while viewing this lighting we noticed that this bright star began to bob up and down,move quickly to the right of the lighting away from the eastern sky and towards the southern. We live in close proximity of the flight path of commercial airliners heading for landing at the pdx airport. Suddenly many planes headed for landing,these planes were only about 5 to 8 minutes apart. Thinking this was due to the storm we continued to watch the sky for more incoming planes. We however not only viewed more planes, but more smaller lights we had previously supposed as fixed stars dart around the night sky. We kept our attention focused on the first bright object. My boyfriend said that he could see the smaller objects heading in collision with the bright object, i could not see this because my eyes are not as sharp, however upon looking through some binoculars i viewed smaller objects flying eradically around the larger one and then quickly disappearing as if going inside the large one. The large Object remained the same size while this continued. Alarmed, but curious we continued to observe this unsual sight, the lighting and quickly descending commercial aircraft. After about half an hour the sky became clear of aircraft. The lighting continued to flash all around, but its main focus point was still in the southeast and close to the object, it was very bright l! ighting seeming to be concentrated in this area. There were no sounds of thunder with this lighting in the southeast and it seemed to hit the same spot over and over, i realized this because it was in between two trees of our neighborhood each time. This seemed very strange to me because i've never seen lighting crash over and over again in almost exactly the same spot. The behavior of the smaller objects continued on their path towards the brighter one. The brighter object remained stationary in the south. Clear of aircraft we witnessed a military fighter jet appear from the east where the commercial aircraft came from. I am not sure the exact model of the jet but i know the difference between planes and jets. this jet turned towards the south and flew under the bright object. The ufo did not move what so ever and we got the impression that it was much to high for the jet to even come close to reaching. The jet flew under the ufo and then turned northwestern towards the airport or north of it. We viewed another jet plane a couple minutes after this come from the northwestern sky and do a similar flight pattern under the ufo in the south, i dont believe this was the same jet turning around but i can't be sure. Clouds began to block our view of the ufo for several minutes, but between the breaks of cloud cover we viewed it continuing to do the same behavior of assimulating these smaller objects. I don't know the number of these smaller ufos but the night sky seemed to be teeming with them. Neither me nor my boyfriend have ever witnessed a sight so marveling and transfixing. He used to work at the pdx airport and said he never seen anything even remotely close to the way this object behaved. The sky after about an hour was still void of commercial aircraft. The clouds blocked our view for some time and the lighting died away. After about another 30 minutes the sky began to clear in the south and the object was gone. Still the sky was quiet of aircraft. After about 10 to 15 minutes we finally viewed a plane in the ! sky comi ng from the south turning east and then west towards pdx, and then another from the east. They were in no hurry like the previous ones, and soon the flight path resumed to normal with planes. Id just like our report to be known and documented to see if anyone else in Oregon witnessed this in the sky while watching this thunder and lighting storm. We've never seen anything like this ever before in our skies.

((NUFORC Note: Star or planet? PD))