Derrick Dula was sitting on the porch of his apartment in Carrboro the night of Jan. 26 when he saw something floating in the sky.
A few moments later, he decided that the floating object was, in fact, a UFO.
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“At first my family just thought the object was a fireball, but when we stopped and pointed at it, the UFO literally froze in midair,” Dula said.
Dula compared his UFO experience to something out of a “Star Wars” movie.
“The objects formed a triangle, then they all just vanished at the same time.”
Dula said his sister-in-law, wife, kids, and neighbors also witnessed the UFO.
Dula’s wife, Stacy Dula, said the experience lasted for 10 to 15 minutes.
“What are the chances of experiencing something like this?” she said.
Dula said his family was stunned by the experience.
“I have always been skeptical about UFOs, but after I went online and did some research, I realized several other people observed the same exact UFO that we did,” said Dula. “I have no doubt that it was actually an unidentified flying object.”
Sightings like Dula’s have become increasingly common.
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Peter Davenport, director of the National UFO Reporting Center, said there has been a dramatic increase in UFO reports since June.
“We have been absolutely inundated with reports lately,” said Davenport.
“The center has received two to four times more than usual these past few months.”
According to the National UFO Reporting Center’s website, approximately 77,000 UFO sightings cumulatively have been reported from around the world.
More than 1,720 of these reports have come from North Carolina.
Davenport said he is worried the government is not doing enough to inform citizens about UFOs, and he questions whether the government is hiding information about UFOs from citizens.
“I would have to communicate with a UFO to know why there have been so many more reportings recently,” said Davenport.
“But since I haven’t had this type of communication yet, I unfortunately have no explanation for the increase.”
Davenport has been the director of the center for 18 years, and he said he strongly believes that UFOs are real.
He urges anyone who spots UFOs to report them to the center.
“We want to know as much information as possible,” he said.
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