An Indiana witness driving along State Road 64 in Harrison County and approaching Crandall reported watching "a white orb with a red glow" hovering about 100 feet off of the ground before moving south about 10:20 p.m. on December 31, 2012, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
The witness was heading home from work when the object was first noticed.
"It was about 100 feet off the ground and looked perfectly round and had a white center with a red glow surrounding it," the witness stated.
The witness began taking photos of the object.
"I managed to get two pictures with my cell phone. The first one was really blurry from the sleet and rain hitting the windshield of my car. I rolled down the window of my car and started to lean out the window for a third picture."
The witness described the object's movements.
"The red glow literally in matter of seconds peeled away starting at the bottom going around the white center to the top and formed sort of a candle shape, dropped a couple feet and took off to my left heading towards Crandall, Indiana."
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The following is the unedited report filed with MUFON. Please keep in mind that most UFO reports can be explained as something natural or manmade. If Indiana MUFON State Director Stewart Hill investigates and reports back on this case, I will release an update. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.
December 31, 2012, 10:20 p.m., Crandal, Harrison County, IN. Driving home from work and saw a white orb with red glow hovering off the ground about a 100 feet the red glow disapeared dropped a couple of feet and headed south. Case 44973.
I was heading home from work on state rd. 64 in Indiana heading west at around 10:20 pm. I saw what i thought was a flare i told my wife i needed to get off the phone.It was about 100ft off the ground looked perfectly round and had white center with a red glow surrounding it.I managed to get 2 pics with my cellphone the first one was really blurry from the sleet rain hitting the windshield of my car.I rolled down the window of my car and started to lean out the window for a 3 picture and the red glow literaly in matter of seconds peeled away starting at the bottom going around the white center to the top and formed sort of candle shape dropped a couple feet and took off to my left heading towards Crandal Indiana.