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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 6/15/1956 18:00 (Entered as : 06/15/56 18:00)
Reported: 4/12/2012 11:38:05 PM 23:38
Posted: 4/18/2012
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Shape: Fireball
Duration: 5 to 10 minutes
Characteristics: There was an aura or haze around the object, The object landed
Fireball landing, and when inspection attempted, retreating.

In the mid 1950's, on the grounds of Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, my wife and I were driving late one afternoon on a back road, parallel to and south of to San Fransiquito Creek ( where the Stanford Shopping Center is now ). At that time, it was a "back road." As we were about half a mile west of El Camino Real, a brilliant ball of silvery-white light, about 3 to 6 feet in diameter, came whizzing in from about North-Northwest and landed then bounced a couple of times on the ground approximately 100 feet to our south - in what, at that time, was an empty field bordered by a barbed-wire fence.

Being amazed and wondering, I stopped the car and attempted to get through the barbed wire - to see what the thing was. But, before I could make it through the fence - say in about 5 minutes! - that ball suddenly shot up and retreated back in the direction from which it came.

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