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Mysterious object in sky over Tacoma.
Unidentified Object Over City
Calls Flood Police and Media
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An unidentified object hovered for about fifteen minutes today over west Tacoma before vanishing without a trace in an eastward direction.
Hundreds of calls flooded Tacoma Police lines and local news papers, radio stations and television studios, as witnesses tried to make sense of what they saw.
"This is an unusual case," stated John Pilluk, spokesman for MUFON, an International UFO reporting and research agency. "There's lots of documentation in the (Tacoma) case in the form of videotape and pictures, but we're not willing yet to say it was of extraterrestrial origin. We just don't know what it was."
McChord Air Force Base officially stated that they had no "unusual" aircraft in the area, and military officials also stated that they were not tracking any objects over west Tacoma.
The object was witnessed by numerous police and fire officials, but their accounts were varied and speculative. One Tacoma Policeman who asked not to be identified, said
he felt it was definitely a balloon of some type, and that it was merely hovering in stagnant winds.
But the Tribune also spoke with numerous local pilots who all agreed that there was plenty of wind to move the object away, had it been a balloon or a hoax of some type.
Some witnesses said they could see the object spinning, while others said it definitely did not spin at all.
Estimations of the object's position were varied as well. Many witnesses claimed the object was hovering only a few hundred yards in the air near a 6th avenue strip mall, while other reports came in which suggested the object was high above Point Defiance.
"We may never figure this one out," said Pilluk. "We'd love to be able to say this is a definite and indisputable sighting of an extraterrestrial craft, but we're just not there yet."
On Tuesday night, Seattle television stations reported large, bright green lights which "criss-crossed" the skies over Seattle and Edmonds for several minutes. It is unknown if there was any connection to the Tacoma sighting.
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