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Occurred : 7/13/2011 22:30 (Entered as : 07/13/11 22:30)
Reported: 7/15/2011 6:53:51 PM 18:53
Posted: 7/17/2011
Location: Watkins Glen, NY
Shape: Light
Duration: 10 minutes
Characteristics: There were lights on the object, The object changed color, There were aircraft in the vicinity or aircraft chasing the object
Strange, Non-Aircraft Moving, Pulsing Lights Observed in Rural Upstate New York

On Wednesday, July 13th 2011, around 9:45 pm, we received a call from my Aunt that she had seen a UFO and was tracking other UFO’s associated with it between Watkins Glen, NY and Ithaca, NY on her way home from our family reunion dinner earlier that evening. After speaking to her on the phone for a few minutes, I got into the car with my mother and two of my cousins, one of whom is the son of my Aunt to whom we’d been speaking, to find my Aunt since she sounded frightened. My mother called local police who asked if my Aunt needed assistance, and since we did not know, they advised us they couldn’t do anything.

We got onto Highway 79 at the intersection of Highway 227 heading East toward Ithaca, still communicating with my Aunt; it was at that intersection that she had told us she first saw a large glowing orb and then up to 7 other moving, pulsing lights as she continued. We saw nothing, but as we crested the first hill, I saw two lights over the trees, at a high altitude, to my right (South) pulsing and alerted my cousins and my mother. We watched these lights for a few moments, debating on whether or not they were stars at first. Both lights were blinking/pulsing very rapidly and then they moved across the highway to our North and joined with a third blinking light. During this transition, there were a few aircraft flying toward Ithaca, and we were able to compare these lights to the light of a commercial aircraft, and the two were definitely not the same.

We observed these lights for nearly 10 minutes and our movement during this time resulted in the lights slowly shifting to the north of us so that I could no longer see them from my position in the driver’s seat without completely ignoring the road. At this point, my cousins (my mother was in the backseat talking with my Aunt on the phone and no longer actively observing) began to get very excited, saying there was a fourth object that joined the other three, which had maneuvered into a triangle formation at that point. My Aunt’s son said that if he observed the three lights that were in the triangle formation through the tinted rear windows of our van that he could make out a huge, dark triangle shape with the lights at its corners. He also reported that the fourth object “flashed” and disappeared.

As we entered Ithaca, we lost sight of the objects and met up with my Aunt, and observed local air traffic for nearly twenty minutes so that we could confirm none of us could see the objects we had previously seen any longer.


((NUFORC Note: Please see other two reports from Watkins Glen for this date. We spoke with one of the witnesses via telephone, and we found her to be exceptionally objective and eloquent in her description of her sighting. PD))