Larry Riordan, the Superintendent of Security for the X-10 control zone, while driving to a residential area saw an object which he thought at first was a balloon which had lost its basket. It was generally round, appeared to come together at the bottom in wrinkles, rather indistinct, and something was hanging below.
It appeared to be 8' to 10' long and lead or gunmetal colored. It didnít seem to be moving but, since he was traveling and only saw it for a number of seconds, he couldnít be sure. He was sure it wasnít a weather balloon, although he thought it might have been a gas bag balloon launched by the nearby University of Tennessee Agricultural Research Farm.
On the same day at 3:27p.m. the radar unit at the Knoxville airport detected radar targets near the area of Mr. Riordanís sighting and scrambled a fighter plane. The pilot searched the area for about an hour and a half, which included the time of Mr. Riordanís sighting, and found nothing.