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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.

AFOSI Case 2 / Object Explodes Near Colonel
Nov. 3 (or 4), 1947
Vaughn, New Mexico

Fran Ridge:
Nov. 3 (4?) 1947; Vaughn, New Mexico (BB)
9:30 p.m. Listed as #2 in the LaPaz/OSI catalog of events, it is Incident 225. Colonel Hayes first observed an unusual aerial phenomena. The phenomena appeared approximately 400-500 ft above the ground when first observed and was descending slowly and steadily in a vertical manner toward the earth. It appeared slightly larger than a basketball, bright white in color like a miniature sun. At a point approximately 200 feet above the surface of the earth, the object appeared to explode although no noise was apparent. By this time the Colonel had stopped his automobile and had gotten out to watch the object. The explosion or disintegration appeared to be taking place some 40 to 60 yards distant and still no noise was noticed. At this time the fragments assumed a fiery red color and descended toward earth like numerous sparks being extinguished before touching the ground. At the time Col Hayes was down Highway 60, near a railroad and separated from the vicinity where the fragments were landing by a fence. He did not cross the fence or investigate further.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/47XXXXvaughn_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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