Two different witnesses reported seeing a sphere-shaped UFO chased by aircraft–the first a helicopter, the second a military jet–within days of one another from two different Orange County locations.
The first report was over Anaheim on Feb. 11 and the second came from an undisclosed OC beach on Saturday, according to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
The similarities of the two sightings was originally observed in a recent Examiner.com post.
The Anaheim witness was indoors at a computer at 6:25 p.m. when the loud sound of a helicopter flying low sent the person outside to the backyard.
“I saw that the ground in the backyard was lit up pretty good,” the witness stated. “I say 'lit up' because it was dark out and we have a patio cover so the sky is somewhat blocked.”
The witness first looked up and out to the west to see a shining, orb-like object before realizing the UFO was actually being illuminated by a chasing helicopter's search light. While the chopper was noisy as both craft moved from west to east, the orb made no sound at all, according to the witness.
“I was in awe on just how low these two were in the sky and on how the orb was just so bold and solid and brilliant,” the witness stated. “It was like a star passing by right in front of me. The helicopter had its blinking red and white lights on with the search light, but when the helicopter shined the light on the orb, it kept going out, or so it seemed.”
They eventually disappeared into the distance. But two hours and 24 minutes before, a similar sighting had taken place in Missouri, according to MUFON, except the helicopter following the orb in the skies there was described as definitely being military.
“I saw a black military attack helicopter hauling ass just over my house at or below 300 feet from my roof top,” said the witness, who was watching television at home in Lone Jack, Missouri, at the time.
The witness claimed the copter chased the gray object with lights coming off it toward the direction of Kansas City.
The Orange County beach incident came around midnight on Feb. 15, when the witness who had been sitting in a car heard loud jet noise overhead, exited the vehicle and saw a military jet chasing a white orb about 500 feet above the ocean approximately a half mile from the coast.
MUFON says it's pretty common to receive reports from around the country where a military jet or helicopter appears to be following or chasing a UFO. Follow-up investigation uncovers explanations for some, but many are filed away as “unknown.”
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