Three Mountain Ranch, CA, witnesses report being "struck with fear" during an encounter with a fireball-looking UFO that was as close as 30 yards away, according to March 2, 2014 testimony in Case 54398 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
The reporting witness was living on a 200-acre parcel in Mountain Ranch on August 1, 2010, when he first thought he was observing a forest fire.
"After a few seconds of my mind racing, I realized it was some kind of craft," the witness stated. "I stood there looking in amazement as the craft was less than 30 yards from me. Somehow this craft was flying over the trees with what looked to be flames or a glow that it was like fire from the sun."
The witness ran inside to alert a friend and they both stepped outside to watch the object.
"We quickly decided to run over to the other house on the property and get my friend Travis up to see this."
The object had moved so the group decided to drive toward it.
"We all climbed into the truck and raced down the hill to see if we could still see the object. The object had moved down about a hundred yards. The object was descending into the valley on the bottom half of the property. So we chased after it to see if we could catch another look."
They eventually caught up to the object.
"As we came down the road we could see that it was very close to the ground or had landed. It had what looked like reddish light on it. We all stared in amazement for a minute. Then all at once we were struck with fear and got back into the truck and went home."
Mountain Ranch is in Calaveras County, CA, population 1,628. California had 59 UFO reports in February 2014 - the highest reporting state in the nation.
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