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Silent triangle UFO observed low over California town

A California witness at Manteca reported watching a low flying, black triangle UFO crossing the sky silently, according to testimony in Case 81275 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The triangle UFO was seen over Manteca, CA, about 70 miles northeast of San Jose. (Credit: Google)

The triangle UFO was seen over Manteca, CA, about 70 miles northeast of San Jose. (Credit: Google)

The witness stepped into his backyard about 11:10 p.m. on December 31, 2016, to look for the New Year’s comet with a green laser pointer.

“Moon had already set,” the witness stated.“I just stopped playing with the laser and in the darkness and I noticed movement directly above me out of the corner of my eye.”

The witness first thought he was seeing a flock of geese flying in triangle shape.

The object was blocking out the sky behind it. Pictured: Manteca, CA. (Credit: Google)

The object was blocking out the sky behind it. Pictured: Manteca, CA. (Credit: Google)

“It was very difficult to see; just triangle edges blocking out stars, and maybe not as dark as the sky behind it. It was completely silent, moving at a perfectly slow pace without a sound. I just kept moving.”

Still thinking it might be a flock of geese, the witness lit it up with a green laser.

“I was completely shocked when it bounced off the bottom of it – similar to how a laser reflects off a stop sign, but not as bright. I think I moved the laser around quickly like drawing in the sky to reveal the shape of the craft. It was a triangle – long angled front, and appeared to be a slightly curved back. I yelled for my wife to come out and look. She did, but didn’t have her glasses. I was still able to reflect the laser off the bottom and pointed it out to her as it disappeared behind the trees. I looked for several minutes just in case it would return. It did not. It moved behind the treeline.”

The object was silent and shaped like a triangle. Pictured: Manteca, CA. (Credit: Google)

The object was silent and shaped like a triangle. Pictured: Manteca, CA. (Credit: Google)

The witness indicated in the MUFON report that the object was under 500 feet.

Manteca is a city in San Joaquin County, California, population 71,948. California MUFON State Section Director Nancy Felipe is investigating. 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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    I’ve seen this myself, twice. Both times from San Francisco, and both times it was headed Southwest. It’s been rumored that it is originated from a Lockheed operation in the south bay. TR-3B

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    I have seen this triangle 3 times! I also reported this to MUFON. All three times were around Thanksgiving time of year. The sightings were about 2011 to 2013. Exactly the same description. All moonless nights and the bottom of the triangle had a v pattern that looked like a flight of birds. However there was a black mass around the V pattern that showed it was a craft. No noise! For something so big and low…. the sound should have been very loud but not a sound. This craft I believe is military because I believe it follows the same flight path. Each time I saw the craft it was heading north over Modesto heading in Manteca’s direction. It’s clearly not a conventional craft as we are use to today.

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