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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 1/9/1979 14:30 (Entered as : 01/09/1979 14:30)
Reported: 2/6/2008 2:02:40 PM 14:02
Posted: 2/14/2008
Location: Key West, FL
Shape: Disk
Duration: 5 minutes
Characteristics: The object changed color
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 didnít 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 couldnít 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 couldnít 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 didnít have a good view. I never saw it again.

I was not particularly aware of UFOs. Our family was not into that. So it didnít 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.

((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the event is approximate. PD))