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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 9/8/2001 21:15 (Entered as : 09/08/01 9:15pm)
Reported: 9/17/2001 10:32
Posted: 10/12/2001
Location: Manassas, VA
Shape: Oval
Duration: 3 minutes
Characteristics: There were lights on the object, There was an aura or haze around the object
It was a large hazey golden glowing ball with 4 or 5 smaller starlike objects preceeding it traveling at a high speed

It had just turned dark and one of our group said, look at the 'Balloons' and as we all turned to look and watch; we soon realized that it wasn't balloons at all. There were four adults and one 7 yr old child there that evening. All are credible individuals, 2 local city gov't employees and a mechanic and an office accountant. What had appeared in the Southern sky that looked like a large group of illuminated balloons, was coming North in our direction. When IT was much closer than at first site, we could see a large golden glowing ball about the size of the face of the moon. It was hazy and seemed to have some object in the glowing round haze, but you could not make out what was inside the haze. Just in front of the glowing Ball, was about four, maybe five, tiny star-like objects. They seemed to be in a formation just in front of the larger object. All stayed exactly in their formation and made over our heads in Northerly direction, never changing or blinking and never with any sound whatsoever. The tiny starlike objects seemed to be taking or leading the larger object away. They traveled at a high speed and moved out of our view over the house. We all agreed that we could not identify the object as OUR aircraft nor could we think of anything it could have been, other than a UFO.