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UFO sighted in North Charleston, SC. July 16,1989

As the following newsprint explains, an eerie UFO was sighted
in N. Charleston, SC. What makes this more interesting, I
think is the sighting is only quarter mile or less away from
the FAA tower and from the Charleston Air Force Base. The
reported UFO is/was huge according to witnesses. Many
people here are aware of the C-5 air transport aircraft
flying into Charleston air base as well as commerical
carriers into Charleston. This was also the week of the
stealth bomber in the news, proving itself. Weather here was
scatter showers and high winds were reported, causing some
damage that weekend.

The following text is devived from The News and Courier,
Charleston, South Carolina. Monaday, July 17,1989

Witnesses just froze as eerie form flew by

What the hell was that?
It was a dark, shapeless object about 300 to 500 feet long,
and fiery white and yellow sparks wrere shooting out of what
seemed to be its tail end. Its front end appeared to be

It didn't have any other lights or windows. It was about
1,500 feet in the air, moving slowly, and had just passed
soundlessly above them from north tp south.

It was just before 1:30 a.m. Sunday, and none of the six
other people standing in the Burnside Dodge parking lot near
Rivers Avenue and Remount Road could answer Bessie Arbel's

Warren Richey, a retired naval chief quartermaster who works
as a security guard at the car lot, rushed to the phone and
called North Charleston police, Charleston Air Force Base and
the control tower atCharleston International Airport.

To his surprise, no one he talked to had seen or heard about
this thing they just saw.

About 1 1/2hours later, he called the control tower back, and
this time the air traffic controller on duty said some polits
on a plane travelling 20,000 feet above Columbia had reported
seeing the enormous, dark object break into three pieces just
above them. One of the pieces, they said, headed toward

It was a monstrous lookingthing, Mrs. Arbel said late
Sunday. We just froze. It was coming right down the railroad
tracks that run parallel to Rivers Avenue, she said.

What it is ... what is was, you make up your mind about it,
said Richey. The more we got to talking about it, the more
question we had.

Jim Pierce, the Federal Avaiation Administration supervisor
at the Charleston airport tower, said that although the
controller on duty early Sunday didn't see anything, he did
receive numerous reports of UFO sighting about 1:30 a.m.,
some of which came as far away as Tybee Island near Savannah,

Capt. Rhonda Lustig, a spokesman for Charleston Air Force
Base, said numerous calls from the Remount Road area to
West Ashley were received by base operations from 1:35 a.m.
to 1:45 a.m., but no threatening or unidentified objects
showed up on their radar systems.

Officals at the Columbia airport and North Charleston police
said they didn't receive any reports of unidentified objects
at the time, but an officer withthe Tybee Island police
department confirmed that a fellow officer saw something as
he was driving to the police station about 2:00 a.m. Sunday.

According to the Officer Charles Lanier, Sgt. Clyde Alley saw
something that looked like a shooting star. He said he'd
never seen anything like it before ... it wasn't travelling
fast, and it looked like things were falling off of it.

Alley wasn't available for comment Sunday night. Neither was
the air traffic controller on night duty or the others who
stood in the North Area parking lot with Bessie Arbel.

Meanwhile, Bessie Arbel questions remains unanswered, but she
may have come up with the most plausible response herself.

I've seen all kinds of planes and helicopters out here, she
said of her Midlands Park neighborhood, which is near the Air
Force Base's runways. We were joking about it later, and
I said it must have been that stealth bomber.

interested reader - G. Reyna Jr.

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