Multiple Rhode Island witnesses at Tiverton reported watching a "huge, bright white circle" that seemed to materialize a mile or two away and several thousand feet in altitude that flashed and crossed the sky before moving away at "immense speed" beginning about 9:15 p.m. on May 2, 2014, according to testimony in Case 55976 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
The reporting witness and five friends were outside at a fire pit when the object first appeared in the night sky.
"Something bright, much, much bigger than the stars appeared out of thin air," the witness stated. "It caught my attention and I grabbed my friend's arm and screamed."
The witness described the object.
"Everyone I was with all looked up and saw this bright light, a perfect circle just hovering a mile or two away a couple thousand feet in the air. It flashed incredibly brightly and took off faster than any object I've ever seen, slowly getting smaller."
But the object reappeared in another location.
"It eventually reappeared further north and started to glow incredibly bright again. It gave off one more powerful flash and it flew off in a slightly curved arc at immense speed before disappearing completely out of sight."
Because the group of friends was yelling during the one-minute event, neighbors stepped outside to see what was happening.
"We attracted the attention of my neighbors who ran outside and also saw it right as it was taking off a second time. We could hear them shouting about a UFO. It was surreal. The best part is having so many people here with me who saw it. I don't feel crazy."
Tiverton is a town in Newport County, RI, population 15,780. Rhode Island has a current UFO Alert Rating of 5 with a low number of recent reports nationally. Rhode Island had 2 UFO reports in April 2014 - the 42nd highest reporting state - while California had 80 reports - the highest reporting state in the nation. The above quotes were edited for clarity.