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OCEANSIDE ---- A local motorist ---- who happens to be a high school football coach ---- is seeking more information about a strange object he says he saw in the skies above Camp Pendleton late Tuesday.
Heading south on Interstate 5 at about 10:45 p.m., Tony Paopao said he and his wife saw what appeared to be a large, brightly lit vehicle fly overhead and briefly hover in place, before heading toward the mountains of Camp Pendleton and then out of sight.
"It was about 100 yards up. It was too low to be a plane and it was too fast and too quiet to be a helicopter," Paopao said. "I'm just curious if anybody saw what I saw."
He said he slowed down to get a better look at the mysterious object and saw red brake lights all around on the freeway, indicating that others were also slowing to get a gander.
A football coach for El Camino High School in Oceanside, Paopao said the object appeared to be more than 20 feet long and very quick. He said he reported the sighting to an on-line UFO center.
Reached Tuesday at noon, Sgt. Paul Robbins, a communications officer with Camp Pendleton, said there is no vehicle currently operating on base that is silent and of the size and capabilities described by the football coach.
"We've got things flying all the time, but the Marine Corps doesn't have any aircraft that would stop traffic," Robbins said. "I guess it could be an unmanned aerial vehicle, but those things are tiny."