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Washington witness reports 'huge ball of light' hovering near I-5

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A Washington witness at Burlington driving northbound along I-5 near the Cook Road exit reported a "huge ball of light" hovering over a nearby quarry about 6:35 a.m. on March 12 2014, according to testimony in Case 54614 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

"I observed a huge light hovering above a rock quarry off Kelleher Road," the witness stated. "It was a very bright white light like an LED- huge, big as a full moon appears when it's full at like 10-15 degrees above horizon. Biggest and brightest thing I've ever seen in sky."

The witness attempted to match what was being seen with a known object.

"As I looked at it I tried to rationalize what I was seeing, Maybe a helicopter with a new super bright searchlight of some kind? But no movement or flashing lights. Only saw it for about 30-45 seconds."

The witness attempted to find the object again when he passed out of sight due to the roadway.

"I was going up Bowhill and the object was out of sight. I turned off at the next exit (Bow Hill) and drove south down Highway 99 until I got back to the flats so I could get another look at it."

The witness also noticed police officers in the immediately area where the object was seen.

As I drove past where Kelleher and 99 meet I noticed two parked police SUVs door-to-door with no lights on and no one around outside of them. I drove south on 99 about another half mile to a bridge over the railroad tracks and turned around and didn't see the object or anything in the area anymore. When I passed by Kelleher Road again the two police SUVs were still there and with my headlights shining on them this time I could see no one was in the vehicles. Thought that was strange considering what I had seen and the proximity of the vehicles to the sighting location."

Burlington is a city in Skagit County, WA, population 8,388. Washington has a current UFO Alert Rating of 4 with a higher than average number of recent reports nationally. Washington had 16 UFO reports in February 2014 - the 8th highest reporting state - while California had 59 reports - 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. If Washington MUFON investigates and reports back on this case, I will post an update. Please report UFO activity to