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UFO reported hovering over Florida residential neighborhood

A Florida witness at Gainesville reported “a very large, black triangle” UFO hovering over a residential area, according to testimony in Case 80933 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

Witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)
Witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)

The witness was returning home from a family dinner on December 11, 2016, when the object was seen hovering about 500 feet over nearby homes.

“It had large white, solid lights on each of the three corners of the craft and a pulsating red light on what appeared to be the rear,” the witness stated. “We could actually see framework or something on the side facing us, which indicted it wasn’t a smooth surface, but rather a metallic structure.”

Witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)
Witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)

The witness then drove north into the subdivision while watching the object.

“It made a turn toward the northeast and, after a few seconds without making a sound, it ascended to a tiny point in the sky in an instant. At the moment it took off into the sky, the sky seemed to bend around the lights of the craft. Before, during and after the sighting we could see normal aircraft in the sky, as there is a close-by small, commercial airport. I cannot imagine no one else, particularly pilots, didn’t see this craft. It was enormous.”

The low flying UFO quickly moved away until it was a tiny point in the sky. Pictured: Gainesville, FL. (Credit: Google)
The low flying UFO quickly moved away until it was a tiny point in the sky. Pictured: Gainesville, FL. (Credit: Google)

Gainesville is the county seat and largest city in Alachua County, Florida, population 127,488. Florida MUFON Field Investigator Carl Paulson investigated and 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. The witness’ illustration is surprisingly similar to the illustration of a TR-3B prepared by the CGI experts at the Secureteam YouTube page, which regularly features CGIs of alleged UFOs. The Secureteam CGI appears at the bottom of the page at the link below (an article from the Express):
    This version of the TR-3B differs slightly from the more popular renditions to the craft, an example of which appears at the link below:

  2. I too saw this, maybe early 90s? It was at night, and as I was laying on the hood of my car when the stars started to disappear. I kept looking and refocusing because it was at night, trying to get a visual handle on this, and I was able to make out the shape that was obstructing the stars…. a black triangle. What was the most eerie to me however, is that it made NO sound. Nothing. I had no idea of its altitude, it was too hard to gauge it at night. I don’t know if it was close and a smaller craft, or enormous and at a higher altitude.

  3. I can’t see anything in the picture but the sky and clouds. Those triangular ones remind me of the Stealth. Do you think that people would really panic? Their intentions could be peaceful.

  4. I recall witness reports from the early 70’s in and around Sioux Falls SD of very large, silent, low flying craft (s) with white lights around them and large red lights at what appeared to be the rear of them
    There were also reports of ‘strange beings’ seen in the area during the same time period. Would be worth someone’s research maybe.. Thanks, Ken

  5. I was stationed at Eglin AFB from 1966 to 1968 and one summer night several of us spent the night on the beach. We had built a small fire and just laid back looking at the night sky and talking. The fire had gone out and several had gone to sleep, the night was dark, no moon, but a few of us just laid there and took in the sight of all the bright stars. Just looking straight up I happened to see three bright stars in a triangle moving from west to east. At the time I didn’t try to see if the triangle blocked any stars as it passed over, I didn’t know what I was seeing, just three stars ” flying ” in formation. There was no sound or blinking lights. I couldn’t tell how large it was or how high, it just looked like three stars moving in formation. As I think back on that night I think I saw a UFO, I like to think I did.

  6. I and my husband and all the cars driving on the Long Island Expressway towards the Wantagh Avenue exit in Wantagh, Long Island, witnessed a “craft” that might be like this gentleman describes. It was silent. Did not hover. Came from what looked like miles ahead in the sky above the expressway and toward us and over our moving car and others in a split second. It was “just there”. Frankly, it looked like a huge office building from the bottom. It was just around sunset and it was totally black except for lights – not just white with a red one, but a series of different colored lights flashing on and off. We turned off the exit- in a hurry – and the craft stayed over us and other cars and literally stopped and hovered while people got out of their cars in the middle of the road, and pointed and “freaked out”, running from car to car in shock. Right out of a movie. My spouse was driving and he said “Let’s get out of here.” and we turned (This was a Levittown neighborhood) and drove through the streets to his home. You know, I wasn’t afraid at all. Anyway, I watched the huge craft literally “floating” above the silhouettes of the trees against the sky – that low – I watched it and shouted while he drove frantically. We got to our house and there it was, just unmovable, over the neighborhood – again, like the bottom of a huge, rectangular office-building. And then faster than you can snap your fingers, zip, it was gone. – Into the sky, of course, but instantly, just out of sight. My husband and his father stayed in the driveway “freaking out” – an expression of the time, but apt, and I ran inside, called the police and a fellow with a Southern accent drawled on about “Well, there was a plane that took off from MacArthur Airport tonight and it said “Eat at Joes”, etc. I said, “Okay, I get it.” End of story. There’s no way in zip any authorities were going to lend honest credence to an event like that. People being what they are, it would have been catastrophic, and really, served no purpose. After all, today, I look at it this way: Beings with that kind of superior knowledge probably view humans as squirrels or insects. Our intelligence is nothing compared to theirs. Also, per my total ignorance r/t science-physics, whatever, if there is a time continuum, they probably know what the @$#% humans are up to and don’t want us to start a domino effect in a planetary crisis initiated by nuclear bombs. – Make sense? I dunno. But I do think that humans are scary enough without “freaking out” about other beings.

  7. I’m not sure if MUFON is familiar with the latest from leaked documents regarding human-made triangular vehicles. Lockheed Skunkworks, Northrup-Grumman, and even Boeing have been involved in manufacturing such vehicles under black budgets, and they should not be mistaken for legitimate extraterrestrial vehicles. Here is a link to a recent talk revealing humanly constructed “alien reproduction vehicles.” It is a long talk, but the relevant part starts at 45 minutes in, and the triangular vehicles are specifically at 47:15. Just trying to help!

  8. i totally agree with andrew on this.it is well know for a long time now that black triangles crafts are man made and have been created following the aurora project. the best know of them is certainly the tr3b but other types have been produced. these crafts, that are not hiding no more in the sky now, are of an older technology even if for us ufologist they still appear as ”what is that?” type of things. the reverse technology since the 50’s made all this possible and what we are able to witness now is what have been built 30 years ago…there are too many witnesses and former contractor that can testify that all this is true .
    all the major avaition business company are unfortunately taking part in those projects. boing mc donell etc..
    military fundings are growing up and space program slowing down..remember that the space shuttle has been put in a museum. and what do we put in a museum ? yes you are right. old technology…

  9. Ben, that’s the part that frustrates me. In this day and age, most of every civilized person has a phone with capability to record video or at the very least take pictures. They did neither, which irritates me to no end.

  10. We were in Boston at the 4th of July celebration in the park listening to the orchestra play before the fireworks were to go off. I felt something and looked up to see one of these craft hovering right over the trees of the park, maybe 100 ft off the ground. I poked my hubs and pointed up and he looked up and froze. Several other people around us began to look up, and that is when, silently, this craft began to rise and in a smooth, counter clockwise motion, just lifted up and floated away. We lost sight of it fairly quickly as the trees impeded the view, but we will never forget it. It is not the first time I have seen craft, nor will it be the last!

  11. I was a security officer at Williams Island (Florida) when at 3 a.m. November 1999, I was standing near the ocean between tall residential buildings in the quiet of the night. When just then slowly coming into view 90 feet above me was a huge, heavy, black triangular craft, soundless and then motionless, defying gravity, hovering still over me. So close was it I thought crazily that I would expect to hear a clanking sound if a rock was thrown up at it. It stood still as I did both watching each other. All lights were out on the craft, no humming sound, no motion, just a huge heavy object hanging above me. Then it turned and slowly moved toward the residential buildings at about the tenth floor level as if seeking something. I ran back into the office and watch the tail-end of the UFO which looked triangular. I never spoke of it for about 12 years until now.

  12. Everyone has a cell phone these days, you cant hardly not see people in the street with their heads down texting and surfing. yet not-one-photograph of this amazing object. Go figure.

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