The following case was collected by the late UFO Investigator Kenny Young. It is archived here for reference:
On July 11, 2004 at 5:06 p.m., a Knott County, Kentucky resident called the Cincinnati UFO Hotline (513-588-4548) to report a UFO sighting by 3 witnesses from the previous evening, Saturday, July 10th. His name and phone number are on file, deleted from this report for privacy purposes. He wanted to report the sighting and had asked his son go online to lookup a UFO reporting number.
The witness, 57 years old, is now retired but formerly worked with the EPA for 25-years. He said that he was standing outside shortly after dusk and, as darkness set in, stood talking with his wife and a friend on property along Route 550 near Leburn, Kentucky(Knott County). He said that besides himself, there were two other witnesses to the sighting; his wife (49-years old) who stood to his left, and his friend who works for The State of Kentucky as a Mining Inspector (also 49-years old). He said that the other two witnesses were impressed by the sighting as well.
“We were just standing outside talking,”he said, “when all of the sudden there was some kind of flash. This thing caught my eye, and it looked just like a star blew in half.”
The witness said that from his vantage point on property along Route 550 near Leburn, he was standing next to his wife and facing in the direction looking to the northeast. His friend had his back turned but also quickly looked to see the object(s). The witness aid that he couldn’t determine height or angle with exacting specifics,but thought it was situated in the sky at an estimated 70 degree to the northeast and the object itself was fairly high, like a star.
“Something caught my eye, like an implosion,”he said, “and I looked up and there was a flash. I would say the last of the flash part that caught my attention.
“I happened to look up and saw this thing that looked like a star that got real bright and split in two, one went one direction and one went the other direction. The one that went to the left kind of faded away in about 2 or 3 minutes after traveling straight across. The one that went to the right continued on in a sort-of-southerly direction, even somewhat southeast, and after a few minutes it suddenly made a 90-degree turn and came towards us. It started to come my direction where I was observing it from.
“It looked like a just like a star,as best as I could describe it, then after a couple of minutes it faded out, too.”
The witness also said the two objects,traveling in opposite directions, looked identical, resembling two stars in a straight line.
“The right-hand object went toward the east for several minutes and then it appeared as if it changed direction by about a 90-degree turn and it came toward us for 2 or 3-minutes and then it faded out.”
The witness informs that the largest community near his location would be Prestonsberg, Kentucky, about 35-miles away. Hazard, Kentucky is about 25-miles distant. He was unsure of any additional witness, asking if I knew if anything had been reported.
This appears to be an unusual sighting and the witness adds that he is “not a UFO person” and was curious if there were other reports. He remarked that the objects appeared star-like in appearance but could not account for the apparent flight performance.
I inquired if the witness knew of any military air zones near this location where aerial flare-training could be taking place, and he knew of no Military Operation Areas nearby. He said that he was in the military for years and had the ability to recognize flares, stressing that the right-hand object ‘undertook a certain maneuver’during the event. This reported maneuver seems to complicate any pay load or satellite re-entry, meteor/debris or flare explanation.
July 11, 2004