|Occurred : 6/15/2000 23:11 (Entered as : ??/??/00 23:11)
Reported: 4/27/2012 8:40:55 AM 08:40
Location: Seattle, WA
|UFO seen crossing I-5 Ship Canal Bridge from East to West (shaped like a rowboat, iridescent orange, with a small blue light at front)
A friend and I had just started driving Northbound on I-5, coming from Highway WA-520, and were in the middle of an argument, when we both stopped arguing: in front of us, over the freeway, was a UFO crossing the Interstate 5 Ship Canal Bridge from East to West, at maybe walking, jogging, or running speed (possibly 3-10MPH).
It was mostly a glowing iridescent amber or orange color, emitting its own light, but also had a small, bright, dark-blue light at the front.
It was shaped almost like a rowboat, but was about as big as a house (single-story, rambler size).
I could see no wings, propellers, wheels, pontoons, doors, windows, rudder, or blimp-like parts to it.
It did not look like any floatplane (common in the Lake Union area), regular airplane, glider, helicopter, balloon, or blimp that I had seen before. If it were a blimp, it had no gondola or "passenger car" visible below it, and no visible tailfins; and at the top of the amber/orange light, it was straight across, not rounded at all. It was moving too slowly to be a plane. (It would have fallen out of the sky.) And it was much too large to be a helicopter, and wasn't even close to the shape of any I've ever seen. Again, it was about as large as a small house.
I knew very little about UFOs, and wasn't sure I even believed in them, but because I had heard that UFOs could quickly zip away, I tried to not even blink as we approached its path. My friend was driving; so I unbuckled my seatbelt, and got up on my car seat so that I could quickly turn around, and keep my eye on it through her side windows; and I did this.
It was close enough that I could have thrown a baseball, and hit it.
As we passed it, I was not sure that I could still see it. And as we kept on going past, I could no longer see anything there at all! I said to her, "It's gone!" or something like that.
I no longer saw any indication that it was still there.
DETAILS: It was at night, and dark. At least the one lamp it was passing over was out (not lit). (Two or three of them might have been out.) Other freeway lamps were lit.
I recall no rain. So I believe it was dry.
When I first saw it, we had just entered I-5 not many seconds before that; and only part of it had come over the bridge yet. It continued to move in the air, across the width of the bridge from East to West. As we passed it, we were, I believe, in the far right lane; and the back end of it had just then crossed over the railing of the bridge, on the West.
It had crossed over the bridge just a short distance before mid-span, and was maybe 20-40 feet above the lamp posts.
The area where the amber or orange light was emitting (not reflecting), I would guess was between 6 and 10 feet high, but not more than 20 or 25 feet; and maybe between 50 and 80 feet long. The entire craft seemed lighted up by this light, except for the small blue light at front.
Neither she nor I seem to recall the exact year or time of year, or the time of day. I am thinking that it was either in 1999 or 2000.
I didn't report it then because I was afraid that we had seen something that we weren't "supposed" to see, something from the military or government, possibly. She didn't report it either. To date, she won't even discuss it with me! I am reporting it now because, years later, I have found out that UFOs are far more common than I had then realized, and because whatever it was we saw moving slowly over the bridge was now more than 10 years ago, and now maybe the "owner" of it wouldn't really care since it's been so long, and because I just wanted to finally report it. I only wish I could recall the date and time.
This event came as a total surprise to me, and was startling at the time, especially since it seemed to me that while the craft was visible from one angle, it was apparently non-visible from another; or else it became invisible to my eyes; or it moved so quickly (after moving so slowly) that I didn't even see it jump away. I didn't take my eyes off of it, or blink (at all, or very little); I just couldn't see it anymore, even though we were still pretty close to where I had last seen it, a little more than maybe 7 lanes away. It was in our view for maybe 20-30 seconds.
MISC: I think the height of the bridge is over 180' above the water or streets below. A Wikipedia article says it's about 119 feet wide. We were going too fast to know whether or not it was making any sound (probably between 55 and 65MPH). The lights on it were steady, and none were blinking. There were no red or white lights on it, from our angle.
CONJECTURE AND/OR IMPRESSIONS: I am not sure why, but I got an impression (or imagination) that there was much more to the airship than we were able to see; but we were so close to it that it seems unlikely that I would have missed seeing more of the craft. It seems unlikely to me that the rest of it was hidden by the cover of night; though, after seeing some recent science articles, I suppose that it could have been hidden by current or advanced "invisibility" technology.
I also had the impression that the craft we saw was visible from one angle, but not visible from another, vs. either it taking off so fast that I didn't even see it move or disappearing "coincidentally" right as we were passing its back end.
((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that date of sighting is approximate. PD))