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Orb UFO with searchlight videotaped over Washington

A Washington witness at Ferndale reported watching and videotaping an orb UFO that appeared to be scanning the ground below with a search light, according to testimony in Case 73981 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witness saw the object flying westbound under the cloud cover on January 12, 2016. Pictured: Downtown Ferndale, WA. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The witness saw the object flying westbound under the cloud cover on January 12, 2016. Pictured: Downtown Ferndale, WA. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The witness saw the light beginning about 11:16 p.m. on January 12, 2016.

“I witnessed and recorded an orb of light flying westbound right at the bottom of the cloud line,” the witness stated.“It had a light that looked like a search light that was scanning back and forth.”

The witness stated that the object did not appear to have any lights that would indicate that it was a plane.

“In my video you can see at the end of me recording it, it started to move to the right and then upward and then it went into the clouds.”

Still image from the witness video. (Credit: MUFON)

Still image from the witness video. (Credit: MUFON)

The case was reported to MUFON on January 19, 2016. Washington MUFON Field Investigator Timothy Ward investigated and closed this case as an Unknown.

“The object had no navigation lights and made no noise,” Ward stated in his report.“She watched it  for five minutes or so as she  videoed it with her cell phone. She listened carefully for helicopter noise or any airplane noise that she would recognizeas she lives in a flight path for Bellingham Airport. And she heard nothing at all. Witness states that the object was the size of a basketball moving from west to southwest. Witness also states that the object was below the cloud base while it was scanning the area below it until it ascended into the clouds. Object was close to a mile away she thought.”

Ferndale is about 11 miles northwest of Bellingham, Washington. (Credit: Google Maps)

Ferndale is about 11 miles northwest of Bellingham, Washington. (Credit: Google Maps)

Ferndale is a city in Whatcom County, Washington, population 11,415. Please remember that most UFO sightings can be explained as something natural or man-made. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.

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Roger Marsh is a UFO writer and content developer. He is Director of Communications for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) where he manages media contact, rights and permissions, and content development for television, film, documentary, radio, print and stage. Roger is a MUFON case researcher for History channel’s “Hangar 1: The UFO Files.” He is editor of the monthly international MUFON UFO Journal, executive producer of the weekly “MUFON UFO Traffic Report” radio show; serves as the MUFON webmaster; reporter for the daily “UFO Traffic Report” in web and audio formats; and publisher of the “MUFON Books” imprint. He is the author of Sacred Dialogue, editor of Silent Invasion, and co-editor of Ron Paul Speaks. Roger was featured in the 2015 season premiere episode of Destination America’s “Monsters & Mysteries in America.” Roger and his wife, Joyce, live in Scottdale, Pennsylvania, restoring a 1910 Pennsylvania four-square.

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