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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'. 

Cigar Slows Down Then Speeds Up
May 31, 1948
Wilmington, North Carolina

Brad Sparks:
May 31, 1948; Wilmington, North Carolina (BBU)
At 1:20 in the afternoon a cigar-shaped object moved through the sky at terrific speed over Wilmington, North Carolina. Mrs. H. D. Alspach (and two others, one by name of Colvin), reported that the object emitted smoke, appeared about three feet long, veered, slowed down, and then sped away toward the east at a high altitude. ((McDonald list; FUFOR Index, Don Johnson: Source: Wilmington, North Carolina Morning Star, June 1, 1948).

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