by Hannah Smoot March 20, 2019 (heraldonline.com)
• On December 16, 2018, Richard Heath of Rock Hill, South Carolina saw a UFO. Heath decided to publicly talk about what he saw after reading an article in the local newspaper about a South Carolina woman who witnessed a red flying sphere in the sky near Kiawah Island, south of Charleston. “I would’ve said something before but I said ‘OK, they’re going to think I’m crazy,’” Heath said.
• What Heath saw was slightly different. Heath saw a rotating silver orb with two lights on one side, and one on another, flying above the AMC Classic Rock Hill 7 movie theater. Heath made a video of it (see 1:15 minute jumpy video below)
• Heath followed the object down the interstate highway to Chester, SC, where he lost sight of it over the treeline. He said it was difficult to video record the object on his digital camera. “My hands were shaking so bad,” he said. “Because I saw it up close. I was freaked out.” At one point the object seemed to change color and shape and do flips. He said he believes it was either extraterrestrial tech or a top secret government project. “To be honest with you, I think it had to be a UFO,” Heath says.
• The National UFO Reporting Center database shows 76 reports of UFO sightings in South Carolina from 2018, and a total of 1,797 reports from South Carolina going back to 1939. One person in Lancaster reported seeing something that looked like a “jiggly ball of bright white vibrating jello” in the sky on Dec. 21, 2017. According to the UFO Reporting Center database, one person reported seeing three orange orbs that rotated in Myrtle Beach on May 15, 2017. Another person in Fort Mill reported seeing three objects rotating vertically and horizontally in the sky Oct. 18, 2014.
A Rock Hill man says he saw a UFO in December, but he’s just talking about it now.
“I would’ve said something before but I said ‘OK, they’re going to think I’m crazy,’” Richard Heath said.
Heath decided to admit to what he saw after he read an article in The Herald about a South Carolina woman who believes she witnessed something unexplainable — a red flying sphere in the sky near Kiawah Island, south of Charleston.
That’s not what Heath said he saw Dec. 16, 2018, but he’s glad there are other people talking about UFOs. Heath posted the video of what he saw on YouTube and immediately called his mom.
On Tuesday, he brought the video to The Herald.
He said he saw the flying object — a rotating silver orb with two lights on one side, and one on another — near his home, flying above the AMC Classic Rock Hill 7 movie theater on Cherry and Anderson roads. He said the object was just feet above the movie theater roof, but later flew higher in the sky.
Heath said he followed the object down Interstate 77 to Chester, where he lost sight of it over the treeline. He said it was difficult to get the object on video. His phone wouldn’t pick it up on camera, so he had to use a digital camera.
“My hands were shaking so bad,” he said. “Because I saw it up close. I was freaked out.”
1:15 jumpy video of possible UFO in the South Carolina sky
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