Summer 1998

Granite Shoals, Texas Sphere

Date: 1998
Time: 10:00 p.m.

Number of witnesses: 1
Number of objects: 2
Shape of objects: Sphere, orb, or ball shape.

Full Description of event/sighting: I have been searching the internet for reports of sightings that are similar to the objects I observed 7 years ago, during the summer of 1998. I found a number of sightings on this web site that are very similar to what I had observed at that time.

I have never observed a UFO before or after the event I will describe below... this is my only sighting:

I arrived at my home about 10:00 p.m. and grabbed a beer and went outside to relax on the deck behind the house. My wife was working late that night, so I was alone. I set my beer down on the railing of the deck and I was leaning on the railing and looking down at the lake (I have a home on Lake LBJ in Granite Shoals, Texas) when a movement caught my eye over to the left. A water tower is located about 3/4 of a mile away, with a red light on top of it.

I observed two (2) orange globes, orbs, or spheres that were just then rising up from behind the water tower at a slow rate of speed. My first thought was that I was observing two hot-air balloons rising together in unison while firing their burners, which is something I have seen before on several occasions, although not anywhere around Granite Shoals.

However, I was startled when I realized that my first impression was not correct. Both of the spheres were perfectly round and uniformly luminous, unlike a hot-air balloon which is elongated near the bottom and "flickering" while being fired.

I have always been curious about UFO sightings, and have tried to keep up to date with UFO research over the years, but I decided that I would remain skeptical until I observed such a phenomenon with my own eyes. I finally got what I wished for in spades!

My adrenaline kicked in and my heart started racing while my mind attempted to correlate this observation with anything that I may have seen before. My internal database was coming up empty, and I experienced the spine-tingling and goose-bumps that accompany the realization of observing something completely unidentifiable and mysterious.

I had a relatively long time to think about it, because I observed these objects for about 90 seconds or longer. I looked around to see if anyone was around on the shoreline so I could point it out and get the benefit of a second eyewitness, but it was pitch dark (no moon, I realized later) and most people are inside at that time of night anyway.

I observed the glowing orange spheres rising in perfect unison slowly into the sky, side by side, then they both zig-zagged in perfect unison twice, then continued straight upward until they reached a very high altitude. Then both spheres disappeared instantly, in unison, as if a light switch had been flipped off.

When they were gone, I collapsed into a chair because my knees had turned to rubber, and I was feeling faint and disoriented from the experience. I kept my eyes fixed on the area where they disappeared, thinking that they might reappear as suddenly as they had disappeared. I waited for about half an hour before I could convince myself that they were not coming back.

I told my wife about the experience when she got home, because she could tell I was visibly shaken and upset. I could not sleep well for several nights afterward because my mind refused to give up on figuring out what I had observed.

I have not spoken of the experience except with a close friend who had seen a UFO before, although he had not observed orange spheres, but rather an object that was more like the triangles that have been reported here and elsewhere.

Thanks for providing a forum to allow me to get this event reported properly.

I am curious to know if anyone else has seen these orange spheres in the Central Texas area, especially around Lake LBJ.

Thank you to the witness for the report.

Brian Vike, Director
HBCC UFO Research


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