NUFORC Sighting 61444

Occurred: 1979-01-09 14:30 Local - Approximate
Reported: 2008-02-06 14:02 Pacific
Duration: 5 minutes
No of observers: 1

Location: Key West, FL, USA

Shape: Disk
Characteristics: Changed Colo

A small unexplainable hovering object I spotted as a child of 10 while walking home from school one day in the 70s

I was walking home from school one day in about the 5th grade, possibly 4th down Flagler Avenue. This was around 1978 or 1979. I had walked home every day since the 2nd grade.

It was between 2:30 and 3pm. I was walking on the sidewalk against the traffic. It was a 4-lane with a median. I was one block from my home when I looked across the street ahead of me and saw a strange small object hovering above that sidewalk about 15-20 feet up. From that point on I did not take my eyes off of it but I did try to see if there was a string on it or if it was being controlled from someone on the ground. This was a residential neighborhood and there was little to no traffic at this time. Or if there was, I do not remember, I was so fixated by this object.

I continued to watch it, walking slowly as it just hovered there. Suddenly it seemed to "notice" me and it made a direct bee-line across the street toward me. As I write this I am getting chills upon chills just recalling this. It didn’t move fast nor slow but just steadily in a very straight line at the same altitude.

Soon it was right over my head maybe 10 feet above me and following me exactly as a continued to walk. I was not afraid but extremely intrigued. I couldn’t imagine what it was! It was a small very colorful disk. It was slightly tilted, with a small cylindrical "handle" going through the center. If I can remember, I believe the handle was red. It looked kind of like a toy but it baffled me because it was spinning and it was silent and there was nothing attached to it.

I couldn’t understand how it could be suspended up there, and at that time, I was not aware of any remote controls like THIS. It hovered over me spinning quietly until I reached the end of the block and stepped off into the street, then it immediately went back across the street. I still continued to watch it, looking back until I got to my house.

AT that point, I felt afraid and went into the house, locked the doors and called my mom at work as a watched out the kitchen windo w trying to spot it. I didn’t have a good view. I never saw it again.

I was not particularly aware of UFOs. Our family was not into that. So it didn’t occur to me that this could be a UFO. I drew a picture of it for my mom and dad and my mom wrote down what I said and we kept that. But I have never forgotten anyway.

From that day on, I always tried to find an explanation for such an object. I looked at kites and remote controls or whatever I could find to explain it. I never could. Then when I saw a toy or colorful kite that reminded me of it, I would feel a sense of panic.

To this day I still have not found a plausible explanation for it.

There were no other witnesses.

This is the first time I have reported it. I am 40 years old.

Watching a UFO special on Discovery Channel this afternoon prompted me to report this finally!

Thank you for your attention to this matter.


Witness indicates that the date of the event is approximate. PD

Posted 2008-02-14

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