|Occurred : 11/11/2005 18:25 (Entered as : 11/11/08 18:25)
Reported: 1/13/2008 4:06:19 PM 16:06
Location: Lake Charles, LA
|Triangular object moving over interstate
First of all, let me say that (1) I have reported an object to NUFORC before, an event which I and another party witnessed in fall of 2005. That said, this event varies quite a bit from the former.
(2) I'm a comprehensive mental health case manager for Volunteers of America, and am currently pursuing a masters in counseling psychology. Anything that sounds like a definitive conclusion that I may mention I stress is purely speculative on my part. I'd like to think my background is fairly based in scientific observation.
This occurred at 6:25 pm on Friday, January 11, 2008. I was in my car in Lake Charles, LA. I had turned off 5th Avenue onto Prien Lake rd., headed east-bound towards the onramp onto interstate 2-10 west (where I was going to merge). There is a fairly short distance between that corner and the onramp, perhaps a half mile. I noticed up to my left something that I hadn't seen before. I assumed it was a tower; Lake Charles is a fairly large town so it didn't surprise me that I had missed seeing it before. The reason I thought it was a tower was because it appeared almost stationary, and was about the height of a tower top. There was three white lights in a triangular formation, and along the back base was a blinking red light. I thought for sure it was a tower top, yet when I kept trying to locate the actual tower itself, I couldn't see it. It was dark, so I assumed that it was just obscured. Then I realized it was moving.
At that point my onramp was coming up, so instead of pulling over and risk not being able to get a good shot of this thing, I merged onto 2-10 west-bound and grabbed my 5 megapixel digital camera out of my tech bag (I keep my PSP, DS, and cam in there when I spend a couple days away from my apartment). The thing was moving slow still, from north to southwest. I took an initial picture with the flash on, which looked like crap because of the glare of my dirty windshield. I turned the flash off and took several more photos. The thing disappeared over the southwest horizon just before I hit the 2-10 bridge of the Calcasieu ship channel.
I wouldn't have given this a second thought if the thing hadn't just *sat* in place while I passed it, and like I said, it seemed somewhat low over the Oak Park area of Lake Charles. My camera picked up little more than taillights and darkness, except for one picture. I had to adjust the brightness on it to see anything, but I believe I may have gotten it on the right side of the frame.
I've been monitoring local media to see if anyone else saw it, but I've heard nothing yet. Traffic was fairly busy, too, at that time. I will say this, too: I've been to Long Island, NY, so I know what real air traffic looks like. We don't get that here, but as soon as this thing was out of sight, lots of planes with blinkblink-pause, blinkblink-pause white running lights started popping up all over. I'm not saying they were chasing anything, just that they were there in stronger numbers than I remember seeing before.
((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the incident is approximate. PD))