Was that a flying saucer hovering over east Vancouver?
Several residents report strange object Sunday evening
Originally published February 21, 2011 at 3:28 p.m., updated February 21, 2011 at 5:13 p.m.
No joke: Several residents in far east Vancouver reported seeing a saucer-shaped object Sunday evening, hovering low in the sky.
The object had such bright green and red lights that it drew several residents out of their homes off Southeast 192nd Avenue in the Clear Meadows neighborhood at about 6:45 p.m..
“It was the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen,” said Vancouver resident Gary Moore.
Moore and another resident, Kathy Plamondon, contacted the The Columbian to report seeing the alleged unidentified flying object, which they say did not appear to be the planes they typically see flying out of Pearson Field.
Dispatchers with 911 on Monday confirmed at least one report of an object sighting in east Vancouver, but referred the call on to the National UFO Reporting Center in Seattle.
Officials at the National UFO Reporting Center said they did not receive any UFO reports; neither did the National Weather Service in Portland, which sometimes receives calls of that type. A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration office in Seattle, citing the Monday holiday, said he didn’t have any information available.
The sighting apparently has everyone stumped.
“At first I thought it was a high firework through the tree branches,” Plamondon said by e-mail. “As I stepped out of my front door — facing east — to help load grandbabies in parents’ car, I saw that it was not going out or falling from the air, as fireworks would.”
Moore also said the object appeared stationary, except for occasional side-to-side movements. A number of his neighbors were milling in the street, watching the object, which prompted him to step outside of his house on 186th Avenue to catch a look.
Monday, he quickly dismissed the possibility it was an airplane, though he said he didn’t have a clue what else it would be.
“It was almost like someone was controlling it from the ground,” Moore said.
“Airplanes come over all the time,” he added. “This isn’t that.”
Did you see it?