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Video: Tennessee witness describes UFO as ‘orange line’

A Tennessee witness at Nashville reported watching a “bright orange line in the sky” that appeared to be two separate lights when videotaping zoomed in, according to testimony in Case 78626 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

Daylight photo from the witness perspective while videotaping the object. (Credit: MUFON)
Daylight photo from the witness perspective while videotaping the object. (Credit: MUFON)

The witness went outside during a work break at 3 a.m. on August 15, 2016, when the incident began.

“I walked to my normal spot for smoking and noticed a very bright orange light in the sky unlike anything I had ever seen before,” the witness stated.“The brightness of it was what got my attention, the way it was glowing and the color made it look like a street light, but I’ve never seen one that way and this thing looked way too big for that.”

Still frame from the witness video. (Credit: MUFON)
Still frame from the witness video. (Credit: MUFON)

The witness searched for a rational explanation to the light.

“My first thought was that it may be the moon behind cloud cover, but the moon was almost directly above me at the time and there was no cloud cover that night. I still haven’t thought of anything else it might be. I couldn’t make out any features on the object, as it was very dark and the object was far enough away that I wouldn’t be able to see any details on it.”

The witness described the object.

“The lights on it seemed to cover up any details I might have noticed. I had my phone out and was recording video of it, and when I was zoomed in I noticed it looked like two separate lights with a small gap in between them. The whole time it was here, it never moved. After about a minute, the object began to shrink and gradually turned pure white. After about two minutes, the object faded away and I lost sight of it.”

The witness felt different prior to the sighting.

“A couple hours before the sighting, while in the office I started feeling uneasy. It felt like something was watching me from just out of sight, and I felt like I was in danger, and that something bad had happened, or was about to happen. I have never felt like that at work before and ignored it and followed my usual routine. This feeling persisted from roughly 9 p.m. to around midnight. When I saw the object, my first reaction was that feeling of fear, but it was quickly replaced by a feeling that I needed to record as much of this as I possibly could.”

Still frame from the witness video. (Credit: MUFON)
Still frame from the witness video. (Credit: MUFON)

The witness was calm after the sighting.

“After the object disappeared, I felt strangely calm and peaceful for the rest of the night. I lost sight of the object when it slowly faded away roughly two minutes after I first saw it. I’m not sure if it was still there but out of sight, or how long it had been there before I saw it. Shortly after it disappeared, I heard several loud popping noises in quick succession from its direction, but I am not sure if the sounds are related to the object or not. Do note that the video I have attached contains profanity, and I do not know anything about editing videos.”

Tennessee MUFON Chief Investigator Angelia Sheer and Field Investigator Roy Messer 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. If the daylight photo is supposed to be from the same location as the night shot, where are the TV/radio transmission towers that were clearly visible in the nighttime video?

  2. this is a very intriguing sighting, as it is clearly not any conventional aircraft I’ve ever seen. Can anyone tell if the craft was moving or was that just the camera?

  3. Strange. Don’t believe i can see any transmission towers in the night video? What is wierd though is the orange light that can be seen on the ground when the camera drops to the lower right briefly. The red lights are not uniform in position ruling out transmission tower lights.

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