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Low Pennsylvania UFO lit neighborhood ground orange

A Pennsylvania witness at Marietta recalls a UFO encounter where an orange sphere-shaped object just 40 feet over his home lit up the ground as it slowly crossed the neighborhood, according to testimony in Case 61106 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witness was sitting on his front porch at 1:10 a.m. Sunday morning, June 10, 2013, when he noticed that his front yard had lit up orange from a source above the home.

“The light was so bright that I could barely see my front lamp post light,” the witness stated. “So I proceeded to step off my porch and out onto our walkway to see what it was.”

The object was just 40 feet above his home.

Witness image – which includes four screen shots from the video. (Credit: MUFON)
Witness image – which includes four screen shots from the video. (Credit: MUFON)

“I saw an orb-shaped object about 40 feet above my home heading slowly to the west. Needless to say I was stunned. I thought it might have been a Chinese lantern, balloon, or something else easily explainable. I didn’t notice any of that. The object was 5 to 10 feet in diameter and all I could hear was a static electric crackling.”

The witness looked for structure in the object.

“I could not see anything. The object continued across my street and across a small park in front of my house, and at all times lighting up the ground as it moved. The light from the object emanated from all directions. It proceeded to move over the homes just on the other side of the park and the roof tops lit up as well.”

The witness pulled out his phone camera.

“Not the best, but it’s all I had at the time. Took a video around 40 seconds and then it blinked out. The last 15 seconds of the video is me moving the camera around trying to find the object again, but never did.”

The witness included one image (which includes four screen shots from the video) and one video with the report, which was filed on October 31, 2014.

Marietta is a borough in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, population 2,689. Pennsylvania MUFON is investigating. Pennsylvania has a current UFO Alert Rating of 5 with a low number of recent reports nationally. Pennsylvania had 22 UFO reports that occurred during September 2014 – calculated at 1.72 sightings per million population.

The object was just 40 feet over the witnesses’ home and was lighting up the ground beneath it as it crossed the Marietta, Pennsylvania neighborhood. Pictured: Marietta, Pennsylvania. (Credit: Google)
The object was just 40 feet over the witnesses’ home and was lighting up the ground beneath it as it crossed the Marietta, Pennsylvania neighborhood. Pictured: Marietta, Pennsylvania. (Credit: Google)

The UFO Alert Rating System is based on five levels – 1 through 5 – where states with 4.01 or higher reports per million residents are rated an Alert 1; 3.01 – 4.0 reports are an Alert 2; 2.51 – 3.0 are an Alert 3; 2.01 – 2.5 are an Alert 4; and those states with 2.0 or lower are rated an Alert 5.

Please remember that most UFO reports 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 have seen the same objects three times near my home. The first was in March 2013 the next I saw one in June 2013 then I saw two in July 2013. The July sighting I was able to get photos of both of the spheres. Each time I saw them they made no sound moved no air and really did not light up any area but the area around the sphere. After the last time I saw them I really started to look into and contact other that have seen the same type of objects. I found one common thing with each person I e-mailed on their sighting and that was water do you have water near the location that you saw the spheres. I can tell you what you saw was a craft that has a Orange/ Red cloaking around it. I have a photo that broke the cloaking and you can see it is a craft. I am not nut and have the photo to back up what I am telling you. If you the interest in seeing the photo I would share it with you but I am not sure how to do so.

  2. I saw the same thing last night around 8:15 pm on October 06, 2015 in Mountville, pa. I also have a cell phone photo.

  3. I had a siimilar low flying sighting of an orange orb — it was hovering right over my apt complex and it was TOO close for comfort. I had stepped outside and actually felt a bit compelled to do so. I walked out through a tree clearing, and then decided to turn back around and saw it. It was so bright I was stunned. It wasnt an aircraft of known origin or a drone – it was the hugest brightest ON FIRE ORANGE I have ever seen, It hovered, and seemed curious about me as it seemed to come towards me for a few seconds, and then it just SHOT right off into the clouds at a speed that was NOT a balloon. I think its some kind of probe from outerspace, honestly.

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