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  Category 1, Distant Encounters 
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A Hynek Classification of Distant Encounter is usually an incident involving an object more than 500 feet from the witness. At night it is classified as a "nocturnal light" (NL) and during the day as a "daylight disc" (DD). The size of the object or the viewing conditions may render the object in greater detail but yet not qualify the sighting as a Close Encounter which is an object within 500'. 

Fireball Glided Into Water & Exploded
July 29, 1957
Oldsmar, Florida

Brad Sparks:
July 29, 1957; Oldsmar, Florida (BBU 4848)
11:45 a.m. E. E. Henkins saw a pale yellow fireball glide into the water and exploded. (Berliner) 1 min

Dan Wilson:
July 29, 1957; Oldsmar, Florida (BBU 4848)
11:45 p.m. EST. Civilian by the name of  Henkins was driving and  observed a pale yellow ball of fire through the trees at an estimated altitude of 300 to 500 feet in the NE. The object hit the water near west Oldsmar to the NE of observer's position. exploding into multicolored lights. It had been traveling at a gradual slant similar to the gliding of an aircraft. The length of the observation was one minute.

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