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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'. 

Coast Guardsmen Observe Object Break Into Three Parts
November 30, 1957
New Orleans, Louisiana

Brad Sparks:
Nov. 30, 1957; New Orleans, Louisiana (BBU 5445)
2:11 p.m. Three  U.S. Coast Guardsmen saw a round object turn [?] white, then gold, then separate into 3 parts and turn red. (Berliner) 20 mins

Fran Ridge:
The Air Force admitted that except for the long duration (20 mins) the incident sounded like a bolide meteor. But, in spite of the downplaying of the case, Blue Book listing it is as UNIDENTIFIED.

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