A North Carolina witness driving along Montford Cove Road near Union Mills reported watching a bright object moving toward the ground level that was about the size of "a large sized storage shed" when it reached the tree top level about 8:44 p.m. on March 4, 2014, according to testimony in Case 54460 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
The witness was driving home from work and had just passed a church and a convenience store when a light in the sky first appeared to be a star.
"Remembering that it was cloudy, I said to myself, 'that's no star,'" the witness stated. "When I first saw it, approximately a mile away, maybe less, it was about the size of a basketball maybe a little larger. As I got closer, it was about the size of like a large sized storage shed."
The object then appeared to descend behind a nearby hill.
"As I drove closer to where it was, I saw it in the trees above a house. Unsure whether it landed, as I was a little spooked, having seen the same thing where I work on October 25, 2013, beside Lake Lure, and wanted to get home before the kids went to bed."
The witness regrets not exploring further.
"I would've stopped in retrospect. It emitted a bright yellowish glow and then as I got closer it was more orange-ish and appeared to be circular, but could have been a different shape as the light was so bright. The shape was indiscernible."
The witness gave more details on his location.
"When I first saw it, I was near the county line for Rutherford/McDowell counties on Montford Cove Road."
Union Mills is in Rutherford County, NC, with a county population of 67,810. North Carolina has a current UFO Alert Rating of 4 with a higher than average number of recent reports nationally. North Carolina had 12 UFO reports in February 2014 - the 11th highest reporting state - while California had 59 reports - the highest reporting state in the nation.
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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 North Carolina MUFON investigates and reports back on this case, I will release an update. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.