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  Category 2, Close Encounters 
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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.

Cigar Hovers Over Smoke Stacks
Oct. 2, 1965
Salem, Massachusetts

Dan Wilson:
October 2, 1965; Salem, Massachusetts (BB)
8:20 a.m. EDT. James Centorino was riding his bicycle and observed a cigar-shaped object that was apparently hovering approximately 15 feet above the three smoke stacks of the N.E. Power Station. The object had a white light on both ends and a slight hump towards the rear and was approximately 20-30 feet long. He was facing ESE while viewing the object. James rode to within 500 feet of the power plant to investigate. At this time the object rose up approximately 100 feet and moved off to the SSW as the lights went out on the object. That evening the Coast Guard and Salem police had received telephone calls reporting a strange object hovering over the power plant. (Reference: Raymond E. Fowler, UFOs: INTERPLANETARY VISITORS, page 91-93)

Detailed reports and documents
reports/651002salem_report.htm (Dan Wilson)
docs/651002salem_docs2.pdf (Ray Fowler/Dan Wilson)

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