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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 4/22/2015 21:30 (Entered as : 04/22/15 21:30)
Reported: 4/22/2015 8:15:20 PM 20:15
Posted: 4/23/2015
Location: Columbia, SC
Shape: Fireball
Duration: 30 seconds
Characteristics: There was an aura or haze around the object
UFO bright like the North Star no doubt about what I saw.

Sitting on my back deck, I look at the stars and aircraft from the airport every night. I've seen satellites and shooting stars on occasion but tonight I noticed something that I could not make out.

It was lower than any plane from the airport would fly near the city and had no flashing lights no sound. It was so bright it was like the North Star.

It was gliding and begin to gain speed at a high rate. And suddenly, it started going vertical and went straight up into space until the light faded.

It was so clear it was unbelievable what I saw next. It came back down barely in sight and took off towards the east. The sky was clear no clouds.

I've been in the military for over 17 years and I can say without a doubt that this was not from Earth.