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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.

White Ball Hits Road Flies Away
Aug. 30, 1965
Urbana, Ohio

Brad Sparks:
Aug. 30, 1965; Urbana, Ohio (BBU 9864)
10:30 p.m. M. A. Lilly, N. Smith and T. Nastoff, saw a white ball, 5-8 ft in diameter and trailed by a 2-3 ft light, hit the road 100 ft in front of the witnesses' car, then bounce and fly away. (Berliner)

Fran Ridge:
If this wasn't ball lightning it was a close encounter with an unusual object to say the least, and even Blue Book didn't try to explain it.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/650830urbana_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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