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Missiles and Saucers

ROBERT SHEAFFER

Sheaffer’s “Psychic Vibrations” column has appeared in the SKEPTICAL INQUIRER for forty years; its highlights were published as a book (Create Space, 2011). Sheaffer blogs at www.BadUFOs.com, and his website is www.debunker.com.

A lot of recent UFO sightings and related discussion resolve into pyrotechnic shows created by the world’s space programs. On June 29, 2015, at 1:28 am, a man identified only as C.J. and his wife were driving near Wadley, Georgia, when a “large metallic object with fluid oil slick body spurting sparks from the rear flies dirctly over Our truck” (sic). The man, a U.S. Army non-commissioned officer on active duty, reported to the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) that (sic throughout):

At precisely 01:28 am 29 June 2015 on HWY 1 south heading north approximately 7-8 miles south of a gas station at 10525 HWY 1 south, Wadley, GA, 30477. Our radio began to get real static so I turned it down when my wife noticed a very large object flying left to right coming toward us. I looked up to the left and hit my brakes stopping our truck to the side of the road. The object appeared to be approximately 250 meters in length 60 meters height and was approximately flying 200 feet in altitude and was spurting sparks from the rear of the object. The sparks were jetting out about 50-80 meters in a pattern of controlling thrust.

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