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Witnesses recall a 300-foot-wide triangle UFO that moved over Calico Ghost Town in California.
Witnesses recall a 300-foot-wide triangle UFO that moved over Calico Ghost Town in California.

A California witness recalls a late-night encounter at Calico Ghost Town with a silent 300-foot-wide triangle UFO just 300 feet off of the ground that outran his attempts to catch up to it, according to March 6, 2014, testimony in Case 54492 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witness and three friends were sleeping outside at Calico during a September 1973 visit when the object was first seen about 2 a.m. One of the reporting witnesses' friends pointed the object out.

"I rolled over and saw what I thought was the moon shining through a weather balloon and told Mike, 'It's just a weather balloon,' and rolled back over."

But his friend answered back, "That isn't a balloon."

"When I rolled over onto my back, I could now see a large triangular craft approximately 300 feet across and approximately 300 feet off of the ground slowly moving over the top of us. What I thought was the moon shining through a balloon now looked more like an observation bubble under the nose of the craft, and it was glowing a dull light purple in color."

The witness described the object.

"As it moved over it made no sound, and I saw no lights, but as it cleared the moon you could see the light reflect off the craft and it gave it the color of gun metal blue, and the edges appeared to be rounded. It continued its slow moving progress away from us following the hills of the desert, and flying just above hill top level."

The witness and one of his companions decided to give chase on foot.

"We followed running up hills, then down one and up another, but the craft got further away each time, so we stopped and just watched. I saw no sign of an engine and we heard no sounds."

The witness stated that they were lucky to have seen it due to its stealth appearance and movement.

"Had it not been for the fact it flew right over the top of us, we would never even had known it was there. My feeling was that the craft was running in stealth mode, no lights and at very low levels to avoid detection. What struck me so odd was back then it was supposed to be fast moving, skinny disk-shaped objects, like in 'Chariots of the Gods.' I did not see anything like what we saw until I watched a program on TV describing the same thing I saw, except ours did not have any of the lights mentioned."

Calico is a ghost town and former mining town in San Bernardino County, CA. The town was founded in 1881 as a silver mining town, and today has been converted into a county park named Calico Ghost Town. Located off Interstate 15, it lies 3 miles from Barstow and 3 miles from Yermo.

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California has a UFO Alert Rating of 3 with a high number of recent reports nationally. California had 59 reports during January 2014 - the highest reporting state in the nation.

You can read more details about other recently reported cases at the UFO Examiner home page.

The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please keep in mind that most UFO reports can be explained as something natural or man-made. If California MUFON investigates and reports back on this case, I will release an update. Please report UFO activity to

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