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Cleveland witness reports close encounter with triangle UFO

An Ohio witness at Cleveland reported a close encounter with a triangle-shaped UFO, according to testimony in Case 75119 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The event occurred beginning about 10:21 p.m. on March 8, 2016, with the object heading south, and the witness soon dictated details into a telephone as he is a lifelong visual artist.

“At first I saw it coming,” the witness stated.“It was traveling slowly. It was not that high up in the air and it was an unusual constellation of lights so a grab my iPhone and I thought I should take a picture of whatever it is. And then it got closer and I got closer. We were converging right over Interstate 90.”

Witness illustration of the object. (Credit: MUFON)
Witness illustration of the object. (Credit: MUFON)

The witness first thought the object was something that could be identified.

“As it got closer and closer I thought it might be a group of helicopters. But they were in too tight of a cluster. I saw a constellation of lights that were in an abstract sort of triangular form. As the craft got closer, I kept looking up and I saw that there was a slightly lighter color to the body than the dark sky.”

The witness described the lighting on the objects.

“There were lights on all three corners and in between the corners with a dazzling white very, very white, bright, bright light. On the bottom there was a flashing red light. At least one. Maybe they were alternating from different positions on the bottom.”

Cropped and enlarged version of the witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)
Cropped and enlarged version of the witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)

The craft was traveling very slow and low to the ground.

“The craft was traveling very slowly. It was probably four to six telephone poles off of the ground. Not regular telephone poles, but the kind of tall ones that are along the interstate. If this craft was indeed triangular, it appeared to be traveling backwards away from the point.”

There was an aspect of this triangular pattern that was hard for the witness to comprehend.

“The lights seemed to be pointing toward me, not so much at me, but so bright that it looked like they were pointed at me, although it was not pointed at me at all. That’s how dazzling the lights were.”

As the object moved overhead, the witness thought there was structure to the object.

“As the craft approached the highway before it crossed over me, I thought it could be a structure, a linear structure like I-beams or something that have lights along it and it was not a flat triangle. It appeared to have a flat aspect, but the front seemed to be folded a little making it like two long, skinny triangles, but only in the front.”

Cropped and enlarged version of the witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)
Cropped and enlarged version of the witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)

The witness was not afraid.

“I did not feel any unusual feelings outside of disbelief. I racked my mind trying to figure out what it could be other than a craft. It was not that high off the ground. As an artist my life profession is about looking and seeing. I’m very articulate and I’m able to describe things well. I worked as a carpenter for 30 years and I have a pretty good sense of dimension. I would guess this craft was between 40 and 60 feet long. Of course perspective could have thrown all of this off. Of course everything about this could be incorrect. But if it was what it appeared to be, I saw something quite remarkable and would like to know if anybody else saw the same damn thing.”

The witness provided an exact location for the sighting.

“It was west of exit 169 on Interstate 90 – that was what I dictated (with only punctuation changes). I am most curious if there were other reports of this thing. It had to have been seen by many others because it was so low and moved so slowly and was over a very, very populated area – along the edge of Cleveland. And lastly, and strangely enough, I have been struggling to photograph my drawings and for some reason they will not photograph. I have never had a problem with taking photos on my phone. Very strange. And I am not even suggesting that they are related at all.

Ohio MUFON Field Investigator Joseph Pavlansky closed this case as an Unknown. Please remember that most UFO sightings can be explained as something natural or man-made. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.

Roger Marsh

Roger Marsh is a UFO writer and content developer. He is Director of Communications for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) where he manages media contact, rights and permissions, and content development for television, film, documentary, radio, print and stage. Roger is a MUFON case researcher for History channel’s “Hangar 1: The UFO Files.” He is editor of the monthly international MUFON UFO Journal, executive producer of the weekly “MUFON UFO Traffic Report” radio show; serves as the MUFON webmaster; reporter for the daily “UFO Traffic Report” in web and audio formats; and publisher of the “MUFON Books” imprint. He is the author of Sacred Dialogue, editor of Silent Invasion, and co-editor of Ron Paul Speaks. Roger was featured in the 2015 season premiere episode of Destination America's "Monsters & Mysteries in America." Roger and his wife, Joyce, live in Scottdale, Pennsylvania, restoring a 1910 Pennsylvania four-square.

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  1. I also saw 2 very near each other. Sounded like they were clashing and an eerie loud noise was present. Almost exactly like how the picture described in shape and lights. They seemed to disappear into the clouds. One after the other. It was at night at around 9:30-10:00 in Kaukauna Wisconsin. Don’t remember the exact date, but it must have been around 3 years ago. These objects were huge, so they must’ve been close

  2. To allay the concerns of the Ohio witness to this event, I have also seen a “Black Triangle” in sept.1999. Yes they exist, yes they are ours (my feelings only, no proof). Yes people do not see them, mainly because, noone looks up to the skys, they are silent, so people dont notice them and who really cares anyway. There is a famous “Top Secret” or above web site that has dozens of reports of people seeing exactly as you have, all overawed, like myself, with the technological aspect and wonderment. These are black project craft for military and “Other” purposes….They are covert surveillance craft for unkown purpose. Apparently they are manned, but could also be UAVs. How can they be built without anyone knowing? Easy, its the USA, Loose Lips you die. For 50 years, 2000 people per day, travel to Area 51 and dissappear into hangars…What do people think they have been doing for ALL this time? All on Government pay. Lockheed/Boeing/Northrop/ EG&G/DARPA all have Massive government money to invent and perfect amazing tech in their secret “Skunk works” for 50 years……Do people think those scientists have come up with nothing all this time? Or simple Rockets and jet aircraft….Not on your Nellie. My sighting was at around 9.30pm against a clouded sky, I observed a silent craft’s lights only..they were, one central front largish yellow light flashed, then two white side lights flashed, in the shape of a triangle. with a 1- 1.5 second interval…no red or green navigation strobes. no noise, no light to tell the shape of the underside etc. Flew just above tree tops but couldnt exactly determine height…about the size of a spread thumb to pinky finger at arms length. Watched it for about 5 minutes total time frame, saw it travelling south about 1 mile away, then it dissappeared behind trees, then appear directly overhead of me in a north direction then travelled east for 1 mile or so, then turned and travelled west then I couldnt see it any longer….speed I can only estimate at 50-60 mph and less when it passed over me. Yes I believe they could see me with infrared or night vision, as they passed directly over me, I was outside in my backyard…yes I waved at them. Who are they? no Idea. Why are they? Because they can, Why do they always fly over cities, because people dont look up, and they are testing that they can anyway. Was there any reports of “UFO” in my local media after that night..NO!!! not one. AND this happened over TWO consecutive nights at the same time, and route. And the most amazing thing???? I live in a mid size city, on the southern central coast of…………..AUSTRALIA!!!!!!! A very very long way from the USA. Which make its all the more fascinating…..Tho there is a “Developmental” RAAF base 20 miles north of me, just outside the city.

  3. submitted by concern reader

    What you seen so far is completely nothing, the worst is yet to come, and the truth will be whole lot frightening and scary, can’t say more, but watch the skies for winged shaped crafts. The appearance of these craft, will change our whole lives, but not for the greater good

  4. Once again, the curious observation of a triangle moving “backwards” or “blunt edge forward”. A casual fraudster would be unlikely to think up this kind of behavior.

  5. With it being over a populated area you’d expect many more to have seen it. However I and two of my kids saw a large triangle, much larger than this, more the size of an aircraft carrier, over Perth in Western Australia. Although more than a dozen other witness reports have been seen independently verifying the sighting themselves it is astonishing it was not far more widely noticed. On the night in question I struggled to get people in cars and on a bus to even look in the direction and see the thing. This was the oddest part and like being in a dream as I tried to get them to look and they all avoided doing so in different ways but they did avoid looking. Only one man out of several dozen I confronted actually looked and he too saw it.

  6. The craft has an internal ion generation propulsion system. It is basically like an ion breeze fan with no moving parts but the ions “blow” in and are contained internally and condense. By changing the polarity of the containment walls the craft can increase speed and change direction in any aspect. The condensed ions will attempt to repel from the charged wall and “push” the craft in the direction it needs to go. The faster you need to go the more surface area of the walls is charged. Since you have five walls of a triangle you can go in all those directions just by charging the proper walls to create repulsion propulsion. The glowing corners are just a necessary fact to release the static energy built up inside the containment vessels created in the process. These craft are actually all electric and only use small highly efficient frozen methane gas generators to create the electricity to power the ion generators. Frozen methane gas is the most abundant power source on the planet. It is easily safely stored and transported. A 2 foot square cube of frozen methane can provide enough fuel to power the craft for a week. Once the ions are sufficiently condensed very little power is actually needed to operate the craft which is manned by 3 people who sit inside a enclosed area in the center of the craft. One individual is the pilot the other is the sensor operator and the 3rd is the mechanical systems engineer. They are all contractors and the craft are capable of landing without a runway and no major ground support. They use closed federal wilderness areas to land when necessary. The craft is virtually constructed entirely out of fiber carbon composite panels and weighs not much more than a family van or small cargo truck. There are a number of diagrams on the web of what witnesses describe as what the undercarriage of these craft look like. Those are the ion generators that are seen. There are multiple triangle compartments as seen by each depressed area.

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