On January 2, 2011, 6:30 p.m. a glowing metallic sphere was observed to shoot up to the sky from the witnesses back yard. On the ground two circular marks approximately 9 inches in diameter and side by side were noted on the grass where the object had apparently been in contact. The eastern spot (Site A) appeared to suffer a bleaching effect, i.e. was an off-white color. The western spot (Site B) appeared to be burned from top down.
- No unusual anomalies were detected in the vegetation and soil samples from contact site A. They are similar to the control vegetation and soil samples, and no differences were noted.
- Some vegetation from the contact site B was found to be burned. However, the soil was normal, showing no heat effects. So, the heat was localized and not hot enough to cause any changes to the soil. The source of the heat is indicated to originate from the sphere. It is speculated that either the sphere was hot, or that there was an energy field around it that induced the vegetation to burn. There was more inorganic nitrate in this soil sample, but this may be from uneven fertilizer application. Another possibility is that if the sphere had an ionizing energy field around it, then interaction with the air may have produced nitrates.
- The so-called ‘ash’ is actually plant/grass fines. No unusual anomalies are detected.
- No radiation above background was detected for any of the samples. Additionally, no material was observed to fluoresce under UV light.