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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 11/12/2001 23:33 (Entered as : 11/12/2001 23:33)
Reported: 11/15/2008 9:45:11 PM 21:45
Posted: 1/10/2009
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Shape: Changing
Duration: 2minutes
Characteristics: There were lights on the object, There were aircraft in the vicinity or aircraft chasing the object
Rising balloon transformed into cigar craft with red light on bottom
At 11:33 p.m. on November 11, 2001 I as putting my backpack in my car, that was running in the driveway. After closing the back door to the car I looked up to reach to open the front driver door.

That was when I noticed a dull grey colored small "birthday party" balloon with string below.

It was rising at a normal helium balloon speed and appartently coming from the neighbors, 3 houses down, backyard. After noticing the lights all off at their home and no car in the driveway I was suspicious of how it had come from that backyard that was dark and silent. Then, without my perceptive ability to actually see the transition, it was now instantly a dull grey cigar shaped craft about 50 feet up above the houses. It was not a balloon anymore yet retained the same color and underneath the hull of this silent and now motionless craft was a rectangular shaped protrusion of sorts that was obviously a part of the craft's geometry.

In the right corner of this short protruding box-like bottom was a brilliant, almost like DIGITAL/LED square light. The light blinked on and off with no apparent pattern and the object was the size of 3 or 4 mini-vans worth of mass in the sky from the distance I saw it. It slowly moved horizontally over to be closer to me standing there and remained still nearly over head for a near full minute. Then it began accelerating in a northwesterly direction at a calm speed remaining at its altitude consistently eversince ceasing to rise upward during its time as a "balloon of helium".

In shock I documented the event within minutes and then before leaving after only a few minutes past the event an appartent police helicopter, "ghetto bird" swept low over that spot of the neighborhood doing a typical orbit around the house I was at with its spotlight on, but not pointing down at me or anything and after one full circle it flew around me there, in a diameter of about 300 yards and height near the same as the craft, the helicopter then sped off in the exact direction that what I had seen left from there traveling in.