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A Hynek Classification of Close Encounter is usually an incident involving an object less than 500 feet from the witness.  The size of the object,  viewing conditions, or stereoscopic vision (depth perception)  may render the object in greater detail and still qualify the sighting as a Close Encounter even though the object may have been beyond 500'.  The incident depicted in the logo was encountered during an intense storm near Princeton, IN,  Aug. 1973.

Object Hovers Over Sand
July 9, 1947
Midland, Michigan

Lara Elliott:
July 9, 1947; Midland, Michigan:
Shortly after 5:00 p.m. EST.  Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Edward Lane were picking berries when they heard a kind of "puff" noise nearby. Looking up, they saw a ball of white, sparkling fire, like a 4th of July sparkler, about the size of a bushel basket, no more than a hundred feet away. It was hovering several feet above a stretch of sand. After about 10 or 15 seconds, the fiery object "went out," and the object vanished. The only thing remaining was a peculiar dark substance on the sand, and some metallic fragments. The report, from the Air Force files, is explained as a "Possible hoax." ( IV 2 ) Analysis does not, as such, constitute any proof of a hoax. On the contrary, it seems to confirm that something of an unusual nature did occur, although it does not seem on the face of it to be necessarily connected with UFOs. According to a letter from Lt. Colonel Barnett B. Young, dated August 18, 1947, the incident, while classified as a hoax, "was not initiated by the observer." (Bloecher Case 802, FBI docs)

Fran Ridge:
Before we label such occurrences as just another electrostatic phenomena we need to at least consider a possibility. When such "high-starngeness" incidents occur during bonified UFO sighting waves it becomes worthy of note that such incidents may actually be part of the UFO phenomena. This type of case I have in the past referred to as a possible "probe", but today it might be listed as a UFO-type "drone". Instantaneous disappearances are part of the UFO phenomenon and may be yet another means craft can move from one place or dimension to another. This type of object was observed with other OBOLs at Corydon, Indiana in the 1980s, and was observed even earlier during the 1973 wave not far from here at Mt. Vernon.

Detailed reports and documents
docs/470709midland_FBI.pdf [FBI pdf 3, pages 96-98] (FBI docs, Lara Elliott)

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