Appearance / Description of Object(s)
The tubes reminded me of water, they were not swirling, they wiggled almost. I lived in Florida for several years and had seen water spouts up close, and this was nothing like a water spout. The base that touched the highway stayed in place, it was only as it went further up in the sky did it seem to move or bend in the wind, though the air was still at ground level. You could see through them, but could still see the shape, reminded me of Wonder Woman's invisible jet in the 70's television series.
Description of Area / Surroundings
The area is more of a suburban area. No houses close to the road in that area, just a car dealership I believe. The only big things near this area were a AAA baseball stadium to the east of the highway and an amusement park to the north west. There is a river in that area, but about 5 miles south of the location where I saw the objects
Full Description & Details
I had to work on Saturdays once a month for a company in Fort Mill, SC. I had to be at work by 8 AM so I was traveling north bound on highway I-77 from Rock Hill, SC to Fort Mill, SC at approximately 7:30 AM. There were no cars in the south bound lanes, there was only one other car going north bound besides my car. The other car was about 1/4 mile ahead of me riding in the passing lane, my car was in the slow lane. On a stretch between exit's 85 and 88 the car ahead of me slowed down, at the same time I noticed three large clear tube like objects drop down from the sky and almost lock onto the highway spot where they landed. The car in front of me slowed to a stop and I pulled up next to him and stopped as well. We both sat there with mouths open wide. The part of the "tubes" that did not touch the highway wiggled slightly, you could not see where they ended in the sky. The weather was warm and clear and it being summer the sun had already risen and the sky was quite light, no clouds. After about 1 minute of the "tubes" being on the ground, the two tubes that were furthest away from us lifted and disappeared into the sky, several seconds later the last tube closest to our cars lifted and was gone as well. The other driver turned to me, he was male, approximately 30 years old. He said "Did you just see that?" I responded "Yeah, what the hell do you think that way?" Neither one of us had any explanation and so didn't answer. After about 1 more stunned minute, we both proceded to drive again.
be explained as any conventional man-made or natural
The only thing I could think of would be a water spout. But it looked nothing like a water spout, other than looking kind of fluid looking.
I am 42 year old divorced female. I work as an accountant for a small firm in Charlotte, NC. I have three children and I do belong to a paranormal investigation group. However, we only investigate hauntings and related issues. We do not investigate UFO sightings.
Views on UFOs, before and after sighting
I don't really believe in UFO's even now. I do watch some shows about them, but I don't know that much and a lot of what I have seen I don't really believe. In fact I discounted this story and never really shared it with anyone until today because I was traveling the same route at the same time, similar weather etc. and it reminded me of the instance. I looked for anyone who had seen something similar on the internet, but couldn't find anything.
This incident happened in 2005
Reported Sighting? No
Location: Rock Hill, SC USA