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Friday, 1 June, 2001, 16:27 GMT 17:27 UK
'UFO video' goes to Hollywood
Still from Ms Rowlands' flying saucer video
The object flashes, turns over and vanishes
A Derbyshire housewife has sold what she says is a video of a flying saucer to a Hollywood producer.

Sharon Rowlands, 44, from the village of Bonsall, in the Peak District, has reportedly been paid 20,000 for the footage.

And officials at NASA are said to have asked to examine the tape, because they believe it shows the same type of craft once spotted by the space agency's own cameras during a space shuttle mission.

Ms Rowlands said she took the film with a camcorder after hearing an eerie noise outside her home one evening in October last year.

It resembled a giant disc with a bite taken out of the bottom

Sharon Rowlands
She says she filmed the object while it hovered in the sky about two miles away.

"It resembled a giant disc with a bite taken out of the bottom," she told reporters.

"As it hovered over the woods, it seemed to expand and then get smaller again.

"We could see it pulsing as if it started up and then it just went it came really close at one stage and I thought it was going to land in the field.

"You can hear me on the video say "Wow!"

Hovering in sky

The video shows what appears to be a large craft that emits red, yellow, orange and blue lights and has a dark circle in its centre.

It hovers in the sky before moving to the right and emitting pulses of light from its left-hand side.

It then flips over, showing two deep scarlet lights, and disappears in a red flash.

So certain was Ms Rowlands of the film's value, that she had locked it in a Nottingham bank vault before sending it to America.

UFO capital

Ms Rowlands' is just one of many alleged sightings of strange objects in the sky over Bonsall in the last few months.

One woman reported seeing a "ball of fire" in the skies, another "two big, bright lights".

A man out walking his dog witnessed a "pink glow, vertically shaped like a shoe box".

The Meteorological Office said there were no unusual weather conditions that might have explained Ms Rowland's sighting.

Others believe military aircraft could explain some of the sightings.

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