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South Carolina witness reports silver residue after UFO sighting

A South Carolina witness at Ladson reported watching a red orb hovering at the tree line and then discovering a silvery residue in a pattern on her lawn, according to testimony in Case 76542 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

Witness image. (Credit: MUFON)
Witness image. (Credit: MUFON)

The witness went outside about 11:30 p.m. on May 21, 2016, with her dogs when the incident occurred.

“I saw the red orb I have seen twice before out front – now outback hovering above the tree line,” the witness stated. “It wasn’t there for a long time and then it just disappeared. It silently hovered, moved forward, and went in reverse which I found odd. It descended somewhat at an angle slowly and quietly was like a leaf falling.”

Witness image. (Credit: MUFON)
Witness image. (Credit: MUFON)

The entire event last about less than 10 seconds.

“I came in wondering what that was. My oldest dog has severe fear of thunderstorms, and panics, pants shakes, whinesand hides. She began to act this way about 20 minutes or so after we came in, but we were not having rain. The next morning when I took them out, I noticed what looked like a black mark on my back yard, which actually made me mad. I was wondering who burned my yard. I went out to look at it, and there was a silvery, metallic substance on my ground in a pattern, one curved arch on either side of some center pattern.”

Witness image. (Credit: MUFON)
Witness image. (Credit: MUFON)

The witness called her sister in North Carolina.

“I sent her pictures and I took a sample of it. Her husband advised that I contact your group.”

South Carolina Field Investigator Jeffrey Elliott and State Director Cheryl Ann Gilmore investigated and closed this case as an Unknown.

“Arrived at the home of witness,” Elliott and Gilmore stated in their report,“where she pointed out where she had seen the red orb the size of a basketball (aspirin at arm’s length) hovering about three feet above the trees across from her house. I estimated the distance of the sighting to be approximately 80 to 100 feet from where she stood. The witness stated it was completely silent and hovered for a few seconds, moving backward at times, and then moved left (north) and simply disappeared.

Witness image. (Credit: MUFON)
Witness image. (Credit: MUFON)

“Witness stated she saw a red orb on the back side of the house (which is the reason for her report) on the 21st.  The orb behaved in the same manner as before, hovering just above the tops of the trees across the creek northwest of her property. As for the markings in the back yard, I checked for radiation with negative results using a calibrated Geiger counter with fresh batteries. Two samples, soil and vegetation, were taken and bagged – results pending.  Theodolite pictures documenting pertinent data were taken and added to this report.

Witness image. (Credit: MUFON)
Witness image. (Credit: MUFON)

“I asked if the possibility of Chinese lanterns, balloons, or UAVs could have been involved. She stated that she has seen all of those things and that very positively was not any of them. At this moment there is no viable explanation of the event. Soil and vegetation samples were taken and I am in the process of getting them tested.”

Ladson is in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties, South Carolina, population 13,790. 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. IDK it looks like spray paint or somekind of a spray-on adhesive like a truck bedliner

  2. Of course it could be a “spray paint or somekind of spray-on adhesive” but you pair the testimony with the evidence, you can also test the samples which as stated “Soil and vegetation samples were taken and I am in the process of getting them tested”

    I hope Roger Marsh posts as a follow up if and when anything ordinary or extraordinary is found.

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