Brasilia, the capital city of Brazil, was the scene of a major UFO flap on Thursday, August 22, 1996. According to the August 23 issue of Correio Brasiliense, the city's daily newspaper, a crystalline UFO pursued a car near Lagoa da Paranoa (Lake Paranoa) in the city's south end, then hovered above the lake, where it was videotaped by a corporal of the Policia Militar.
The incident began at 1 a.m. Banker Agamemnon Nascimento was driving back to Brasilia from Palmas with two companions, Sr. Leite de Oliveira and another unnamed man. As the Beemer reached Ceilandia, a suburb near the lake, one man noticed "strong glowing lights" on his right. Turning, he saw a UFO that "seemed to be made of crystal. It was 2.5 meters (8 feet) in size and had red and blue lights."
At first the witness thought he was hallucinating, but Nascimento saw the UFO, too. Immediately he stepped down on the gas pedal. The UFO kept pace with the car, flying an estimated 30 meters (100 feet) above and behind them.
As they reached the lake shore, Nascimento swerved off the road, and the men got out of the car to observe the object. Nascimento described the UFO as "two upside-down pyramids joined together." Grabbing his cellular phone, he called the police. Senhor Leite de Oliveira then used the phone to call his son, Marcelo, a photographer, and described what was happening.
"The light was so intense that the road seemed to be lit up," Nascimento said.
The UFO hovered over the lake about 35 degrees above the horizon. Eight police cruisers converged on the scene. The tumult drew about 15 civilian eyewitnesses to the area, as well. All of them watched as the UFO retreated to an altitude of 250 meters (825 feet) above the lake.
The UFO was videotaped by Corporal Jose Raimundo Galdino of the Policia Militar. Galdino shot 8 minutes, 56 seconds of videotape before the object zipped away. Still photographs were also shot by Marcelo Leite de Oliveira.
Prof. Wilson Gerardi de Oliveira (no relation), an anthropologist and director of ufological studies at the University of Brasilia viewed the Galdino film and said, "It was a very provocative detail, very interesting. The UFO appears to make a vertical movement, as if it were diverting its route of flight."
However, Eduardo Dorneles Barcelos, director of the Brazilian space agency, dismissed the sighting as "a routine meteorological phenomenon."
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