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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'. 

Silver Ball Seen By Hundreds
July 25, 1948
Yakima, Washington

Dan Wilson:
July 25, 1948; Yakima, Washington 
2 p.m. CAA observers saw a silver ball-shaped object flying west over the city against the wind. The same or similiar object was seen again around 4:30 p.m., flying lower and seemed to have flashing lights. Hundreds of calls flooded into the CAA office concerning the moon-sized flying object. A farmer, Victor Kroum saw a flying sphere at about 10 a.m. at Punkin Center, Washington and he notified the CAA tower at Yakima.  This locale is just west of the Hanford Works site.

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