On Tuesday evening, October 23, 1996, a man in Sciotodale, Ohio (population 600) stepped out into his backyard at 10:45 p.m. and saw "a bright yellow-orange sphere with a vaporous trail" in the sky. He described the condition of the sky as partly cloudy with a three-quarters moon. "The object was flying below the cloud cover at a very high speed," he said, "The direction of the object was from east to west." He had his last glimpse of the UFO as it flew into a patch of clouds. He watched the clouds for another 15 minutes, but the UFO did not re-emerge. "One final note--there was a slight zigzag pattern during its flight."
UFOs were also seen that night in the city of Portsmouth, Ohio (population 25,943) and in nearby rural South Webster (population 886). All three communities are located near the Ohio River, about 50 miles east of Aberdeen, where UFOs were seen the previous week. (See Portsmouth, Ohio Herald for October 24, 1996.)
Ohio ufologist Scott Reed visited Sciotodale on Monday, October 28, 1996 and interviewed the eyewitness. At 6:15 p.m., while they were talking, Reed said, "We saw a light which at first resembled a bright star. The 'star' rose dramatically from the east to (the) 10 o'clock (position) and moved faster than I have ever seen anything in the sky move. The object grew significantly brighter, displaying red, white and possible blue lights. Within 30 seconds, the object had 'winked out' just above the treeline."
Less than five minutes later, Reed and his companion spotted another UFO. He said, "At 12 o'clock high, I saw a fireball the size of a quarter held at arm's length. The fireball left a vapor trail behind as it disappeared. It was white fire with an orange shell or outer edge." (Thanks to UFO Info for this story.)
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