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UFO Sighting Report


July, 5, 2008


Rothbury, Michigan, United States


2 nights in a row a glowing ball descended and then ascended over a field where a music festival was occurring. The last night was right before a lightning storm with thick cloud cover. There were two other witnesses with me both nights and several on the internet.

Date Reported:

4/25/2013 2:36:37 PM

Sighting Time: 

7:00, 12:00



No. of Witnesses: 

3, 3. Several on the internet


Around 5 minutes each

Appearance / Description of Object(s)

Round, glowing, red ball. No apparent edges or solid form. Opaque - not translucent like a flame. Smooth moving.

Size of Object(s)

If my arm was outstretched in front of me, I would say the finger width of the object would be about a 1/2 inch in diameter.

Description of Area / Surroundings

A rural setting. Farmers fields turned in to a festival grounds. It was the first time this festival had been held in this location.

Full Description & Details

In July 2008, a glowing red ball descended two nights in a row over a field where the Rothbury Music Festival was being held for the first time. The previously darkened property lit up as 30,000 people attended several stages throughout the fields. On July 5th while watching a stage from afar, around dusk I spotted a bright, glowing red ball hovering far above the crowd. After watching it for around 10 seconds I asked the two other people with me if they could tell what it was. They affirmed they could see it, but could not tell what it was either. All 3 of us had had 1 or 2 beers, but none of us had ingested any other drugs. I watched to see if it was a Chinese lantern or other toy released from the audience, but it looked very round, and it slowly lifted out of sight. Although it did not move erratically like a balloon, and the light seemed to be coming from the ball and not reflecting off of it, I dismissed the notion that it was a UFO. The next night a huge lightning storm rolled in (there are videos on Youtube of the storm). Before the rains came and we were forced to take shelter, we were watching the clouds build over the fields. Another red glowing ball descended above us and hovered below the cloud cover for around 5 minutes before lifting back up out of sight. The storm was particularly electric.

Can sighting be explained as any conventional man-made or natural object?

The first night I just wrote the incident off as some sort of audience toy. It wasn't until the next night when I saw the object again in a different part of the field under different circumstances that I revisited the first night in my mind. I have seen Chinese lanterns before, and I know what a balloon looks like. The second sighting affirmed that I had not imagined the object.

Witness Background

College diploma for massage therapy and acupuncture.

Views on UFOs, before and after sighting

The thought of aliens actually always sort of creeped me out. Although I didn't doubt the fact life existed elsewhere in the universe, I did not believe (and took comfort in the thought) that intelligent life had ever visited us in the past. I had read about UFOs and have seen documentaries, but I certainly never believed in ships coming to Earth.

Reported Sighting?