Date of Sighting: 09 Oct, 1995 (date estimated) Place of Sighting: South Minneapolis Local Evaluation: Unexplained - Ordinary Significance (High if additional witnesses or accompanying CE4 event) Type of Report: Close Encounter or Anomaly of the First Kind (CE1/AN1) - large object over populated area Date of Report: 13 February, 1999 Investigator: Craig R. Lang - Field Investigator, MN MUFON Sighting Background: I was informed of this sighting by another MUFON member, who is acquainted with the witness. The witness had informed him of the event, and he in turn informed me. I then interviewed the witness and performed a followup investigation. Since this event occurred in a way that should have attracted considerable attention, I have spentconsiderable time attempting to locate additional witnesses. To date I have not been successful. However, this investigation is ongoing. Witness Description: The primary witness is a woman who lives in south Minneapolis, across the street from the apparent location of the object. She has a high school education, with significant self study and training and training in business administration. Her age at the time of this report (March 1997) is 44. She indicates that her health, and hearing are good, and her vision is correctable to 20/20. At the time of the sighting she was employed as a billing supervisor for a large health care corporation in the Minnesota Twin Cities area. She indicates that she has not had any other UFO sightings, but has had metaphysical experiences. Sighting Account: The witness was sitting in her apartment, watching television sometime between 8:00 and 9:00 PM CDT. At this time, there was a power failure. She located a candle, lit it, and went out into the hall, to the front landing to see if others were also affected by the blackout. About five minutes following the onset of the power failure, she was standing on the front landing (between the first and second floor) of her apartment building, looking out of the window onto the street. She indicates that she "felt compelled to look up". When she did, she observed a large dark oval-shaped object which appeared to be over the top of the buildings across the street (see sketch). She watched the object for about 30 seconds to one minute. She was not sure of the actual distance to the object but noted that while she was watching the object, an airplane passed behind it in the distance. She was able to hear the airplane, but could hear no sound from the object. She also noted that there were a number of people outside (approximately 10) on the street and sidewalks during the blackout. She felt that they should have noticed the object. Click here for view of building front with object. CL Sketch to witness description, showing object over building block across street in front of witness's apartment. The object was somewhat larger than the city block. It was dark with interspersed red and white lights on the edge. She was unable to see any structural details of the object itself. She then turned her head around to try to point out the object to two of her neighbors, who were standing and talking in the hall about twenty feet away (Note: CL Estimate of distance). She was unable to get their attention, and so turned her view back to the object. When she did, the object was gone. She then remembers the lights coming back on within what she felt was 1/2 hour of this event. She then went upstairs and watched the 9PM news, which was already in progress. Analysis of Time Interval: Blackout Timing was given by the Oct 10, 1995 Star Tribune as follows: Outage began "shortly after 8PM", and was restored at 9:05 PM. - thus the outage lasted approximately one hour. Thus, the probable sequence of events looks something like this: - 8:05PM CDT (approximate): Witness watching TV when power failure occurs. - 8:10PM CDT (approximate): Witness has located and lit candle - exits apartment to hallway, looking out window - Moments later: Observes object - watches for about 30 seconds, then attempts to attract attention of neighbors When witness turns to again look at object, object has vanished. - this would have been at approximately 8:15PM CDT - 9:05 PM CDT: Power restored (witness felt this was approximately within 1/2 hour of sighting) Note: The witness was not sure how long it was from the time the object disappeared until the power came back on. However, she felt that it was within 1/2 hour of sighting. From the chronology, a time interval of approximately 50 minutes is suggested between the sighting and power restoration. Thus a possible discontinuity in time perception ofapproximately 20 minutes might exist, but is not clearly established. Additional Witnesses: No specific additional witnesses are known. There were several persons were in the bookstore, and about 10 people in the street. We have been attempting to locate possible additional witnesses, but have not been successful. The witness indicated that two neighbors had been conversing in the hall of the apartment building during the time of the power failure. I contacted one neighbor, who remembered being there at that time, and remembered the witness being in the hall, but did not remember the witness trying to get their attention. The owner of the bookstore remembered the time of the power failure. He indicated that people in the store "acted weird", and did not go out into the street, but "just hung out there" for several minutes. Another customer who was in the bookstore indicated that she did not observe anything unusual, but did not have a view to the outside of the store. Thus, there does not appear to be any direct witnesses associated with the bookstore. Assuming that the object was truly anomalous, then one possible hypothesis is that the object was "interested in" someone in that building block. Thus it would be beneficial to determine if a CE4 event might have occurred in that area at that particular time. However, at present no reports exist of possible CE4 events at that place and time. Weather Conditions (MSP WX report from State Climatologist for Oct. 9, 1995, 2100 CST): 9/10 coverage high (20,000 ft), thin clouds. Visibility 15 miles, temp 47, dewpoint 45, Wind from 180 deg at 7 kt. Natural Phenomena Check: The possibility of some sort of cloud formation was considered by the witness as she was observing it. However, her description corresponds to no known type of clouds. In addition, the sudden vanishing of the object would argue against this explanation. However, at this date, it is not possible to completely rule this explanation out. Manmade Phenomena Check: No known human made object would account for this event. Other Possibilities: It is possible that if the object is truly anomalous, there may have been a CE4 event in progress which was inadvertently partially observed by the witness. This event is not provable unless a CE4 event can be established at that particular place/time. Sighting Evaluation: Sighting Type: CE1/AN1 Evaluation: Unexplained. Significance: Ordinary (Note: If additional witnesses can be located, will increase to High significance).