A couple driving along Route 982 near the Pennsylvania Turnpike watched as a bright ball of light hovering at ground level moved toward them and passed them within five to six feet of their vehicle. The October sighting was described as about 10 to 12 feet in diameter, silent, and was traveling in a straight line. This report, and several other, similar sightings of a ball of light moving near ground level, were also reported to Ufologist Stan Gordon.
Stan Gordon’s complete report follows.
A professional couple decided to take the evening off and attend an event in Mount Pleasant Township in Westmoreland County on the evening of October 31, 2008. The man and his wife had just finished dinner, had driven down Three Mile Hill on Route 31, and had turned onto Route 982. They went a distance and were just going onto the bridge, which passes over the Pennsylvania Turnpike. It was about 8 p.m., and the sky was clear, when a bright white ball of light suddenly appeared just ahead of them.
The sphere, which was estimated to be about 10-12 feet in diameter, was not moving very quickly, but was heading in their direction straight down the road toward their vehicle. The round object was in the passing lane, and was said to be several feet off the ground. The object passed within 5 to 6 feet of the vehicle. The wife stated that it was so close “it gave you the feeling that you could probably have touched it.”
The white sphere moved low to the ground in the opposing traffic lane. The couple both turned their heads and watched as the object passed the driver’s window and continued moving in a straight line. The object was silent. There were no other cars on the road at the time. The couple estimated that they were traveling between 30-40 miles per hour at the time of the encounter. They describe themselves as being speechless after this incident, and were trying to make sense of what had occurred.
They were unaware that others had also reported strange objects in the sky that same evening. At about 7:10 p.m., a witness called to report a large ball of orange light moving from the NE toward the South in the White Oak area in Allegheny County. There were apparently some other similar reports in that area the same evening.
Pretty freaky if the story is true. I think it would be possible to create a 10 to 12 foot flying glowing sphere using current remote controlled model airplane motors, LED lights, and a thin plastic shell with small holes to vent the air from the propellors… possibly a few helium bladders for boyancy … but anything that would pass close to 6 feet from a car moving in the opposite direction at 30 MPH would be blown around. Also, someone would have to have a very good line of sight location to control it to avoid hitting the car. Very strange. Nothing personal against Stan Gordon, but with no names of witnesses included, the simplest explanation is that the story is a fake. Note that this happened on Halloween night, which increases the odds of it being a human hoax. Finally, Stan’s UFO sightings from 2008 don’t show this story.