A Florida parent and son report observing three lights in a triangle formation as close as 250 feet from their car as they traveled south along I-275 toward St. Petersburg, according to March 3, 2012, testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
The parent and 36-year-old son had just left a movie theater at Westshore Plaza in Tampa at 6:30 p.m. on February 10, 2012, and by 6:35 p.m. they were southbound on I-275 when three lights were noticed in the sky.
"I noticed it was exactly 6:40 p.m. on the car clock," the witness stated. "It was 6:42 p.m. when we were right up near the object. They were on our right on the passenger side of the car. Joshua put his window down for a better look. Other than the noise from the wind and cars next to us, there was no sound like engines or anything coming from the lights themselves."
The witness described what they were seeing.
"There were three lights on our right side (west) of the car just off the interstate coming towards us. The farthest light was a normal headlight looking light that would be on a plane, big and round. The next one closest was, however, bigger and still round. Then the closest one to us was smaller in size and again, round. There was a very small blinking red light between the first and second light and a white blinking light between the second and third light. Very odd looking for a plane. We both agreed it was not a plane or a helicopter or anything that could be identified."
The object then stopped and hovered in place.
"It then came to a complete stop in the sky and hovered just directly across from us, about 20 degrees off the horizon and just over the tree line. We could clearly see as it began to shape shift and turn towards us counter clockwise into a large, black pewter-looking triangle that had several lights on it. There were many, many white lights. I'm not sure how many. We were about 250 feet from this object. Joshua was now hanging out the window. I was trying to drive in heavy traffic at 65 to 70 miles an hour. Everything was happening so fast. I tried to hand Joshua my cell phone for a picture, but I could not get it out of my purse easily and stay in my lane driving so fast."
The witness then made a call to MUFON to immediately report the incident. They eventually moved off of the interstate and retraced their path in the hopes of seeing the object again. They were unable to locate the object at this point.
No images or videos were included with the MUFON report, which was filed on March 3, 2012. Both witnesses did provide an illustration of the object they observed. These can be seen in the slideshow on this page. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Special thanks to Florida MUFON Field Investigator Bobby Hewitson.
Florida is a current UFO ALERT 3 rating, with a high number of UFO sightings nationally. Florida had 33 reports in January, the 4th highest reporting state - while California had 71 reports in February 2012 - the highest reporting state in the nation.
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The following is the unedited and as yet uninvestigated report filed with MUFON. Please keep in mind that most UFO reports can be explained as something natural or manmade. If Florida MUFON State Director G. Bland Pugh investigates and reports back on this case, I will release an update. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.
FL, February 10, 2012 - Three lights came towards us and then they shifted into a triangle craft. MUFON Case 36217.
My son Joshua (age 36) and I had just left the movie theatre in Tampa at the Westshore Plaza, it was around 6:30 pm on Friday, February 10th 2012. I told Joshua to put his seat belt on and he said "No", then he said he heard very distinctive voice in his head that said "you are moments away from something significant happening", but he still did not put his seatbelt on. He laughed and said to himself, that would be a bummer if we got into an accident and Mom will tell me "I told you to put your seatbelt on"! We were now just on the St. Petersburg side of the bridge at 6:35 and we were heading South towards St. Petersburg on I275 traveling about 65 MPH. I was in the far left lane, the fast lane, and as I looked up in the sky I noticed 3 odd looking lights. I tried to slow down a bit but there were cars on the right of me and behind me and I was afraid to cause an accident. I said to Joshua, look at those lights honey, what do you see, he said yeah, those are......and then he said oh my God, those are not lights from a plane Mom, I said "I know", I was looking at them as we approached them. I noticed it was exactly 6:40 pm on the car clock. It was 6:42 pm when we were right up near the object. They were on our right on the passenger side of the car. Joshua put his window down for a better look, other than the noise from the wind and cars next to us, there was no sound like engines or anything coming from the lights themselves. There were 3 lights on our right side (West) of the car just off the Interstate coming towards us. The farthest light was a normal headlight looking light, that would be on a plane, big and round, the next one closest was however bigger and still round, then the closest one to us was smaller in size and again, round. There was a very small blinking red light between the first and second light and a white blinking light between the second and third light. Very odd looking for a plane, we both agreed it was NOT a plane or a helicopter or anything that could be identified. I was traveling now just near the Sawgrass Lake area of St. Peterburg. It then came to a complete stop in the sky and hovered just directly across from us, about 20 degrees off the horizon and just over the tree line, we could clearly see as it began to shape shift and turn towards us counter clockwise, into a large black pewter looking triangle that had several lights on it. there were many, many white lights. Im not sure how many. We were about 250 feet from this object. Joshua was now hanging out the window, I was trying to drive in HEAVY traffic at 65 to 70 miles an hour, everything was happening so fast. I tried to hand Joshua my cell phone for a picture, but I could not get it out of my purse easily and stay in my lane driving so fast, Joshua said PULL OVER Mom, but there was no way as I was in the fast lane and I could not get over to the shoulder safely. I handed him the camera phone and he tried to take a picture but it was getting darker and the trees were now in the way, he could not get a good focus on the craft. I quickly made a call at 6:51 pm to a MUFON FI to tell him what we saw and to report it while it was still fresh in our minds. I tried to give him as much information as I could so there would be a new set of ears on this investigation. We drove on a bit and I was able to maneuver to the exit at 38th Avenue North and then we re-entered the highway once again heading towards Tampa (North) to try to get another sight of the craft. As we passed where we had originally seen it on our left, (West) my side of the car, we could no longer see it. It was just gone. But we had not seen it leave as we watched the area as best we could as we were exiting and re-entering the highway. We then got off the Interstate on the 118th Avenue exit towards Clearwater and drove to 28th Street No. Heading South again we then pulled the car over to the shoulder and got out of the car to watch the sky and see what we could. We did not see the craft again. We headed back home after about 10 minutes and re-entered the Southbound lane on I275 again. As we past the sighting area on our right (West) we noticed a car crash in the exact same place as we had seen the craft. There were 2 vehicles involved pulled over on the shoulder and two emergency type vehicles gathering the cars. They had yellow lights on the emergency vehicles. We then headed on towards home