Go Back Report # 1034
01-23-1981

01-23-1981  

'A ball of light'

Part of that Friday night sky display hit close to home

By Ryan Bakken Herald Suit Editor      

       Lynn and J.D Duval were among thousands of people in four states who saw the sky light up Friday night

       But Lynn also saw "a ball of light" land in the Grand Forks Country Club parking lot

       "I was facing the window when the sky lit up I then saw this light, about six feet In diameter, sail over the portico and hit the parking lot. It was orange, but was blue around the edges."

       Her husband, the country club manager, had his back to the window "but the light lit up the entire interior of the building. It was like a camera flash blub (sic), only it lasted a second or two. It wasn't bright enough to hurt the eyes, though.

       Thinking at first someone was playing with fireworks, they ran outside.

       The only evidence they found was a 20-foot diameter circle of dry pavement. The rest of the lot had a slight ice coating

       "It was bare and completely dry." Duval said. "But there were no burn marks, no crater and no object.

       "When we heard it was probably a meteor shower, we figured what we saw was the tail end of some bit of meteorite."

       Herb Monson meteorologist of the National Weather Service, said that's possible.

       "From all reports, it sounds like we were in the middle of a meteor shower”, he said. "I'm not sure, but what they saw could have burnt up after it hit the surface. It could have been something in a gaseous form."

       The married couple were the only ones at the Country Club when it happened shortly after 11 p m.

       "We were a bit sheepish about reporting it because we were the only ones here," Mrs. Duval said "But then when we saw it in the papers, we figured we would.

       "We knew our friends wouldn't wonder about us because they know we don't drink. But we wondered what others would think.”

       Unlike some reports, they did not hear a rumbling noise accompanying the light.

       "It never crossed our minds that it was some flying saucer or such.” Duval said "Neither one of us believe in them.

       "But it sure eased our minds when we read others had seen the bright lights too."      

This reference: HERALD, Grand Forks, ND, dated Jan. 27, 1981, Credit Jerome Clark. With Thanks to The J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS): http://www.cufos.org/         

UFOCAT PRN – 120652 [DOS: 01-27-1981] Date of HERALD publication-CF-

UFOCAT PRN – 120652 Newspaper Clipping dated February 07, 1981 – Same witness “Duval”           

North America – United States, North Dakota,

Grand Forks     Latitude 47-55-31 N, Longitude 97-01-57 W (D-M-S)

Reference: http://www.fallingrain.com/world/            


 



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