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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 1/20/2004 00:15 (Entered as : 01/20/2004 0:15)
Reported: 1/24/2004 9:39:30 PM 21:39
Posted: 1/31/2004
Location: Silver Springs, FL
Shape: Unknown
Duration: 30 seconds
Characteristics: There were lights on the object
The UFO passed over some tall trees; turned on a search/spot light, and once it realized another vehicle was in the area; vanished.

I was heading east-bound on Florida State Road 40, approximatly 4 miles east of Silver Springs, Florida. SR. 40 has a bridge that traverses over the Ocklawaha River in Marion County. To the right, before the bridge, there is a small boat basin, complete with park benches where families can pull in and spend a day on the river. This boat basin is directly to the right when you start to go up the bridge. There are very tall (approximatly 30 feet high) Pine/Oak trees all around the road and boat basin here. About 500 yards before the start of the bridge/boat basin, I saw something pass no more than 3 or 4 feet over the trees in that area.

The object was solid black, darker than the night sky, and had red circular lights underneath it. I slowed down my vehicle drasticaly, rolled down my window and turned off my sterio to listen for either hellicopter blades or plane engines. There was TOTAL silence. As soon as the object had disappeared from the visible area above the trees, a Search or Spot light came on in the middle of the highway, and began to search up and down the road for something.

I was about 200 yards from where the spot light was, and in curiosity I turned on my bright lights to see if I could also view what they were looking for. As soon as my brights were visible to whatever the craft was; The spot light disappeared. I slowed down to about 15 miles per hour, and looked everywhere in the sky, and in the trees to see if I could view whatever this craft was. It wasnt there. It had totaly vanished.