Case Directory
  Category 2, Close Encounters 
Rating: 5  

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.

12' Diameter 6' Thick Disc Within 40'
September 21, 1958
Sheffield Lake, Ohio

Brad Sparks:
Sept. 21, 1958. Sheffield Lake, Ohio (BBU)
3 a.m. (EDT). Mrs. William H. Fitzgerald inside her house, and at the end 10-year-old stepson John, saw through her East-facing bedroom window a circular, aluminum color flat object, 12 ft diameter [investigator determined 22 ft estimate], 6 ft thick, about 10 ft away, sweep in about 8 ft high over front lawn headed N descending in a falling-leaf oscillating motion side-to-side to about 6 ft altitude, cross over her E-W driveway, stop for several secs about 50 ft [40 ft] away [to the NNE], then reverse course headed S over the driveway back over the front lawn, then hover 5 ft above the lawn about 25 ft away, making a jetlike sound. Object wobbled and emitted gray smoke, made two tight clockwise turns before rising and taking off, straight up over the house [high up towards the E]. (Sparks; Vallée Magonia 471; BB files; UFOE, IX)

Detailed reports and documents
docs2/1958-09-7199236-SheffieldLake-Ohio.pgs.Out.Of.Order.pdf [62 pages] (Sparks) 

NICAP Home Page