ANNOUNCER: ...In south Florida, thousands of cold-sober observers say they have seen a UFO.
RICK GROOTVELD [Amateur photographer]: Originally it was one bright orange glowing object, or whatever, in the sky, that divided. It stretched out or elongated vertically, and then divided in sort of a tear-drop fashion on the bottom...
ANNOUNCER: A friend called Rick about the strange light in the sky, and he grabbed his video camera and started shooting.
RICK: It was exciting. It was interesting. It was different. It was not mundane, and it was not consistent with helicopters and airplanes...
ANNOUNCER: Most sightings turn out to be something like a plane landing from an unusual direction, or a particularly bright star. Venus is often reported as a UFO. Here in the Southland [southern California] last weekend, a lot of people mistook the lights inside a blimp for a UFO. But the south Florida phenomenon was none of those.
MARY MARGARET ZIMMER [MUFON]: We did call the Patrick Air Force Base and determined that there was no space debris or spacecraft that they had sent up. We're still waiting for the police report.
ANNOUNCER: Air traffic controllers have ruled out planes and helicopters. Astronomers say it wasn't a satellite or star or planet. So what does that leave? Well, that may be the last great unanswered question of 1996.
Original file name: CNI - Florida UFO News
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