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Occurred : 8/10/2016 00:00 (Entered as : 08/10/16 0:00)
Reported: 8/11/2016 12:38:20 PM 12:38
Posted: 8/16/2016
Location: Durham, NC
Shape: Other
saw what sounded like a helicopter but looked so wrong once, and then two more times during a meteor shower

I had just gotten home from a day with my family. My uber driver told me to look out for a meteor shower from midnight till six. I was standing outside smoking a cigarette in my driveway when I heard a strange sound. It was almost like a helicopter blade, but it sounded fake.

A few minutes later, I saw the UFO. it flew low to the ground from my right side, making an arc all the way around my horizon and disappearing out of view behind the school across the street from my house. The craft looked strange, with piercing white lights on it and one red light at the front. The whole thing was lit with an orangeish hue.

I pulled out my phone to record this first incident. I texted my best friend who is a fellow believer and told him I'd send him the video-only to discover the video was completely gone. There was no trace of me recording even though I had clearly done so.

Freaked out, I sit on the curb on my driveway and watch the sky. A shooting star appears and flies right into the spot I saw the craft disappear from view. I try to calm down and I make a wish as one is supposed to do. I'm sitting there watching the sky closely and, texting my friend. I get the strange feeling I am being watched so I stand up and shout "I JUST WANT TO KNOW IF YOU'RE THERE." Five minutes pass and I see the craft again (possibly a separate UFO of the same kind). I am so frightened this time, not only because it has reappeared but because it seemed to have heard me. It comes from the same direction I saw the first ship, but takes a slightly less direct route. It makes no sound this time.

Again, I try to record it with my phone. This time, my phone actually goes completely dead out of nowhere. The craft lazily disappears out of view, the same way the other one did.

I sit down again and begin to shake. My heart is racing and I'm scared for my life and my sanity. I keep watching the sky only to see four or maybe five shooting stars all in the same area I saw the UFO's. Just as I'm about to go inside and charge my phone and grab another cigarette, a third craft appears. This time, it's coming from the left of me, and it seems closer than before.

The craft appears to have a rotating circle of white lights that almost look like stars. The orange hue is very prevalent and I can clearly make out the shape... It's almost like a "cigar" with lights. I watch the craft fly towards the meteor shower, make a right turn, and then turn into a single red light. It was almost as if it was cloaked.

My friend arrives on the scene shortly after that. Scared shitless, we sit in my driveway and watch the sky. My friend points out a very skinny cloud on an otherwise clear night that follows the path I saw the first craft take. We don't see anything else for a long time, until I notice a star that is blinking and changing colors, and even moving slightly. My friend and I grab my camera and walk a few blocks, using the camera to zoom in on it.

We eventually go back to my place and I can tell the inadvertent doubt has set in for my friend. "Maybe it's just a star, man." After all the things I saw last night, I can't be so sure. Not to mention, now on my iPhone there are four black images where the video files should be, and the first time I tried to look closely at them my phone died instantly.