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Multiple UFOs reported in Washington’s Tri-Cities area

Washington's Tri-Cities area. (Credit: 25or6to4/Wikimedia Commons)

The News Tribune published a story on August 2 about strange lights recently reported over the Columbia River in Washington State. Finley, WA resident Jerry Nelson saw the UFO fly over the Columbia River near Burbank on the night of Tuesday, July 31. He described the silent object as “long” and “massive” with “three lights spaced far apart.” He is sure the craft he saw slowly gliding through the night sky was not an airplane.

And on August 3, the News Tribune published a follow-up story revealing that several more witnesses saw strange aerial lights in the area. Other witnesses report seeing lights in the sky during the same time Nelson reported seeing the UFO on July 31. One witness reports that she has “never seen anything like them before.” But Betty Jones, a Kennewick, WA resident, says she saw similar lights in the sky the following day. She explains, “They would go in a circle and back and forth. It was odd. Like it was bobbing on water.”

According to Peter Davenport of the Washington-based National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC), eight witnesses contacted him to report the UFO. And although he says the description of these lights is consistent with a commercial aircraft, the News Tribune> reports that Davenport said Thursday “that his interest in the case is piqued.”

Some witnesses report the object or objects were silent, while others describe hearing a “popping” sound. And some witnesses suggest the lights in the sky were simply military helicopters. But no official identification has been made.

UFO sighting reports to NUFORC have nearly tripled in the past month. And this latest group of sightings in Washington’s Tri-Cities area comes only a week after a crop circle appeared in a wheat field in eastern Washington.

Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

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  2. Sunday, October 12 , 9:35 pm I went out on my deck and noticed something strange in the sky. It was a orange and green colored flashing light with a bright light above it. The object was in a hovering position. The white light above it then came down on top of the hovering craft for a few seconds, then went back in the same position where it was previously. Not sure what it was but it was something I’ve never seen before. I called my wife out to the deck to look at the object. We got her video camera to get a shot but could not catch the image through video. The object was located NE of Richland .

  3. 1-1-15 around 7pm I was outside smoking in my boyfriends backyard in Kennewick, and looked up to see 5 red-orange lights in the form of a trapezoid moving forward very slowly in my direction not towards me but in that direction. I was so scared I ran inside & locked the doors. I didn’t even have the courage to video it. I went on Facebook and noticed 5 people seen the same thing later that night

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  5. I have a video and pictures from the same the same place i took the video that descibes the encouter in the article above i saw the same 3 lights its out of this world i saw it near burbank too 3 weeks ago and i live in pasco washington.

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