|Occurred : 9/11/2008 21:45 (Entered as : 09/11/08 21:45)
Reported: 9/11/2008 10:03:37 PM 22:03
Location: Waussau, FL
|Bright yellow beacon type light, moved slowly at first & lighted a cloud yellow like lighting then rapidly moved as small orange ball
We were traveling south on highway US 77 from Chipley Florida to Panama City at about 9:45 PM on Thursday 9-11-08. We were approaching the state road 276. My wife noted a very bright yellow light to the southeast high in the sky at about a 45% angle from the horizon. It appeared very high in the sky. It appeared as one light even though we were seeing it thru trees beside the road. It was very very bright. It seemed to go on and off at first like warning beacon. It was maybe on for 2 seconds but then off more than 10 seconds. I told her that was too long off for a safety beacon. We were looking for a break in the trees so we could see better. We were traveling about 45 mph. Then a whole large cloud became the same bright yellow like the object had gone behind. This was brighter than how a lighting bolt would light up a cloud. We then came to a clearing just before the junction of County Road 276. We pulled off the road and looked toward the bright yellow object that was at the moment behind a cloud. It then seemed to quickly move from behind the cloud and appear as several large bright yellow lights moving in a curved line toward the ground. This lasted only 2-3 seconds and then the lights turned off but we could still see a much smaller orange-red light moving very rapidly across the sky. We are accustomed to seeing military helicopters near our home town about 45 miles to the north. This was moving much more rapidly than they move and seemed higher. It also changed direction more rapidly. It seemed to move like a fast jet but could do a 180 degree direction change instantly. We watched this for maybe 5 min then it disappeared. We watch for maybe another 10 min and it came back for maybe a min as the small orange-red light and then disappeared again to the southeast. Tyndall air force base is in that direction east of Panama City.
I wrote this about 11:30 once we reach Panama City and unloaded our car. After I wrote this my wife proofed it and only added that it seemed much higher than a helicopter. Otherwise she saw it as I did.
((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous; provides no contact information. PD))