My two young sons and I were driving west bound on Beryl Street in Pacific Beach, California in December 1989 about 3 hours before sundown. To my left, to the south, I noticed a falling bright ball of fire dropping straight down, directly over Mission Bay, perhaps 2 or no more than 3 miles as the crow flies from where we were driving. For a brief moment I thought it might have been a shooting star but it was too light for that. To my surprise, and frankly, my astonishment, it suddenly stopped in mid-air, I estimate not quite a thousand feet above the water. As it did so, the "fire" seemed to collapse into itself, as if it was absorbed by the object.
It then immediately emitted a bright "explosion" of light to reveal a dark, solid rectangular looking object that looked to be a little larger than a full size car, after which it hovered in the air for a few moments.
It then began slowly moving horizontally in a north west direction.
All of this happened inside of a span of perhaps 45 to 60 seconds.
I hurried home to get our video camera which took about 4 minutes
from where we were. By the time I was ready to record it,
it was no more than a dot in the western sky over the Pacific.
I thought it was an extraordinary event but I never saw anything in
the local paper about it or talked to anyone else who may have seen it.
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