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UFO 2015: My Orange Fireball Experience

Columnist Cheryl Costa shares a recent personal UFO sighting involving an orange fireball

The last thing I expected on this trip was an orange fireball sighting.

For nearly two years, I’ve been reporting UFO stories and sightings that other people have had. Yes, of course, I’ve had a few UFO sightings in my youth and young adult years, but nothing I can cite in recent years. That is, until this past week.

On June 6, 2015, there were seven of us in a van returning from a conference in Philadelphia. All of us were exhausted from attending three days worth of conference presentations and lectures. For the most part, the return trip was uneventful. We stopped once on Interstate 476 near Allentown for fuel and to get something to eat. All of us thought the highlight of the return trip was watching American Pharaoh win the Triple Crown.

Later in the trip, we were on Interstate 81 northbound about 20 minutes north of Scranton, PA near the exit for PA state route 374. As I was riding shotgun at about 9:05 p.m. in the twilight blue northern sky, I saw an Orange light. My first thought was it’s some commuter aircraft with his front headlights on. Then driver remarked, “What kind of aircraft is that?… it’s really odd.”

The light appeared to be flying in a zigzag manner, sort of like a bumble bee, moving southward toward us. The driver and I observed as it just seemed to stop and hover. After a few minutes, we drove by its position to the left of the highway. I laid my head on the dash board and looked up at it as we passed.

If you held your arm out with a quarter, that’s how big it appeared to be. The object was clearly within the confines of the valley, so I estimated its height to have been at 800 to 1000 feet. It was perfectly round and had a bright pulsing orange luminance. I lost sight of it after 50 yards or so further down the highway, due to tree cover.

The driver looked at me wide-eyed, “Holy crap, we just saw an orange orb!”

I pulled out my phone, turned on the voice recorder and logged all the details that we both recalled while it was fresh. The driver and I talked about orange fire ball UFO for 30 minutes after the sighting, with questions from the other passengers who didn’t get to see what we saw.

Like everyone I’ve ever interviewed, the image of that object is indelibly in my memory.

Let’s look at some recent UFO sightings from around New York State

May 28, 2015: at about 1 a.m. a resident of Middle Grove, NY observed two star like objects traveling north to south on either side of Cassiopeia.

May 28, 2015: at about 9:40 p.m. a Middletown, NY couple saw a bright sphere shaped object west of town. They report that a light was illuminating through some circles in a cross pattern, with the brightest light in the center.

May 29, 2015: at about 10 p.m. several Coram, NY residents witnessed several spherical objects flying in a formation pattern that would be nearly impossible for known air crafts to do in such close quarters and at such high speed.

May 30, 2015: at about 9 p.m. a Hamburg, NY resident reported observing a large black saucer-shaped object moving slowly from north to south. Although the object was low, he reported it was so smooth that he couldn’t see any distinctive features.

June 3, 2015: at about 9:45 p.m. A Bouckville, NY resident witnessed three bright brassy orange illuminated objects, flying in loose formation, seen at an approximate altitude of 1500 feet moving southeast to northwest.

If you are interested in joining a monthly UFO discussion group in Onondaga County area, drop Cheryl an email [email protected]. If you have a UFO sighting to report, you can use either one of the two national database services: or Both services respect confidentiality.

Cheryl Costa would love to hear the when, where and what of your New York sighting. Email it to [email protected]. The names of witnesses will be omitted to protect their privacy.

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