|Occurred : 2/5/2011 20:00 (Entered as : 02/05/11 20:00)
Reported: 2/13/2011 10:34:21 PM 22:34
Location: McMinnville, OR
|Four Amber/Orange Lights Seen South of McMinnville, OR.
Witnesses were coming back to Hopewell, OR. from Grande Ronde, OR. Night sky was partly cloudy, temps in the 40's, dry.
Witness #2 was driving, when witness #1 spotted the 2 higher objects first at 30 degrees off the horizon, then she noticed the second pair of objects lower in the sky at 15 degrees and to left of the higher objects and then witness pointed out to her friend. She said, "What are those lights? Both women were driving north east bound on Hwy 18, a few miles south of McMinnville, Or. The objects were toward the NE, south of McMinnville.
Then they made their right turn onto Bellvue-Hopewell Hwy 153 towards witness #2's home. They drove about 200 feet and stopped the car to take a look at the objects. Driver was so interested in what these objects were, that is why she pulled the vehicle over. Both women stayed in the car and watched the objects.
They had photo cell phones, but objects were so far away, a photo would not have showed up. Objects estimated to be south of McMinnville, over farm land. Maybe a few miles from witnesses or closer. This area is mostly rural and farms.
Watching the 2 higher objects, one moved towards the other, closing the gap between them, they stayed like that for a few seconds. One disappeared from the higher group. Then the 2 lower objects disappeared. Witness described that the 2 lower ones did not seem to move, as she was focused on the higher objects. Then the last object disappeared, witness did not know if maybe it may have been covered by the clouds.
There was no sound. Color was a dark amber to orange in color. Steady light, round, noticed no other lights flashing on object. No aircraft in area, as McMinnville has an airport and Evergreen Helicopters is located there. Witness stated, it did not look like any aircraft, as no marker lights were noticed.
One witness is retired and the other is a small business owner.
((NUFORC Note: The source of this report is well known to us, and we consider her to be highly reliable. PD))