Last updated on April 1, 2024

All Reported UFO Sightings in Delaware

This page aggregates and analyzes all UFO sighting reports made in Delaware.

How many UFO sightings have there been in Delaware?

  • There have been 410 officially reported UFO sightings in Delaware from 1969 to 2023.
  • Delaware ranks #47 in the list of states with the most reported UFO sightings in the USA.
  • Adjusted for population size, Delaware ranks #19 on the list of states with the most reported UFO sightings, with an average of 0.85 reports per 100,000 residents.

Delaware Cities with the most UFO Sightings

Rank City Reported Sightings
1 Wilmington, DE 57 UFO Reports
2 Newark, DE 46 UFO Reports
3 Dover, DE 36 UFO Reports
4 Bear, DE 23 UFO Reports
5 Rehoboth Beach, DE 17 UFO Reports

Delaware UFO Sightings Analysis

We analyzed all 410 UFO sighting reports in Delaware to identify possible patterns and gain insight into the phenomenon:

20 Most Recent UFO Sightings in Delaware

These Delaware UFO reports are presented as they were submitted other than paragraph breaks added for easier readability where necessary. You can click the 'Report' link to view the original report along with any photos that may have been submitted to the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC).

Smryna, DE

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S green objects flash and travel across the sky In a wooded area My wife and I were traveling, driving on rt.1 North, outside of Smryna, Delaware, and out of nowhere on the opposite side of the highway,in a wooded area and over trees, was streaking a green light, but then it faded out. I asked my wife did she that and she said yes.

We wanted to make sure it was no flare. She agreed that it was different.

09/03/23 8:32 PM

UFO Shape: light

Lasted: 3 second

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Delaware City, DE

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Bright objects that caught my attention since I had never seen planes like this before. There was one, followed by another one and then four together like a square, followed by four more in a single line. Then, one by one, each flew higher into the clouds until out of sight.

They appeared be bright yellow in color.

08/23/23 8:45 PM

UFO Shape: circle

Lasted: app 3 minutes

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Rehoboth Beach, DE

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Lights looked like stars but moved fast and hovered, changing direction. They aligned with each other, formed lines and shapes. I saw two different types of objects.

The smaller, farther ones looked like stars but they changed direction and moved at impossible speeds. They could not have been meteors because they didn't burn out, they just hovered and moved again in a different direction. They aligned themselves and shifted all at once, maintaining the shape.

There seemed to be some lights "leading" and the others would shift around it. They made shapes that looked like a rhombus and like a backwards number 4- all forming completely straight lines. At first I just noticed one light moving, but then I noticed all of the others around it were moving too.

There were too many to count and they kept shifting. They all started moving north, to the point where we had to turn our bodies to see where they were going. When we looked south, the sky where we first saw them was black.

They all seemed to be clustered/ heading towards an area offshore, around north Rehoboth or Lewes. They were mostly coming from above the sea but some seemed to be coming from land or across the bay. The other objects were lower and looked more like drones, but they moved very fast so it was hard to tell.

I observed 4 lights on the bottom of these crafts, 2 white above and 2 red below. They flashed in quick succession counterclockwise- white, white, red. The fourth red (bottom right corner of the "drone") occasionally flashed but not consistently.

These crafts were also moving erratically like the smaller objects and seemed to be heading in the same direction. We watched for about half an hour, walked back to the car and drove home, and when we got home about 20 minutes later we could still see them above the house moving towards the ocean.

08/12/23 9:55 PM

UFO Shape: orb

Lasted: More than an hour

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Bear, DE

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Blinking circle that changed colors from red to faded white July 14th 2023, seen a few minutes before sunrise at 510am. We saw a circle a white light at first. The light changed to red, but the object seemed to be hovering in one spot.

The light changed to a faded white then it disappeared for a few seconds and reappeared as an orange almost fireball looking ball. then the object started moving. It was moving very fast, but we couldn’t hear anything like you would with an airplane or helicopter.

It happened so fast, lasting only 2 minutes.

07/14/23 5:10 AM

UFO Shape: circle

Lasted: 2 minutes

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Bear, DE

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Blinking circle that changed colors from red to faded white July 14th 2023, seen a few minutes before sunrise at 510am. We saw a circle a white light at first. The light changed to red, but the object seemed to be hovering in one spot.

The light changed to a faded white then it disappeared for a few seconds and reappeared as an orange almost fireball looking ball. then the object started moving. It was moving very fast, but we couldn’t hear anything like you would with an airplane or helicopter.

It happened so fast, lasting only 2 minutes.

07/14/23 5:10 AM

UFO Shape: circle

Lasted: 2 minutes

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Rehoboth Beach, DE

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Seen through DelDot traffic cam Strange lights erratically moving in the sky. Sometimes 3 sometimes 8.

06/08/23 10:00 PM

UFO Shape: orb

Lasted: 15 min

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Rehoboth, DE

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An unusually fast, straight tracking object, at passenger flight altitude First, this is the first time I have ever reported seeing a UAP. I am fully aware that most UAP can be identified, and that certainly may be the case here. However, this was so unusual, that I have felt the need to at least report what I saw.

My wife and I were at the beach in Delaware. The East Coast of the US is, obviously, a major fly-way for airport traffic. We saw many jets that day, at cruising altitude.

We also see military aircraft from time to time as well. In the middle of the afternoon I observed a cylindrical/spherical/circular-like disk traveling at a rate of speed that was anomalous to all other aircraft. It was moving in a straight path heading ENE out over the ocean at a high altitude.

I knew I had never seen anything like it before. I could not hear any aircraft-related sound, as is typical with other aircraft. I attempted to get my wife to visually verify, but it was moving too quickly and it was out of sight very quickly.

I dismissed the possibility of a drone, because it was too high, and too large. It was definitely not a passenger plane or military aircraft that I am familiar with. The most logical, and easiest explanation is that it was just an ordinary passenger or military aircraft, that I could not immediately identify within the short visibility window.

But, this was different, and I immediately knew this was not that. My wife and I both have doctorates and are retired academics. We understand the concepts of reliability and validity.

We always look for rational, scientific evidence for explanations. We are aware of the number of UAP reports that are being generated around the world, and off the east coast of the US. I can't explain what I saw, but I can report it as the anomaly it was at this time.

04/13/23 2:20 PM

UFO Shape: disk

Lasted: Approximately 10-12 secon

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Wilmington, DE

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3 lights at each corner of triangle I was driving from Claymont to Middletown, as soon as I passed exit 9 I noticed 3 lights hovering off the right as I going south down I-95. I noticed that they were not planes lights or building lights or even tower lights. When I got closer to it I noticed it was hovering over Wilmington near the cinema.

At that time I saw it shift and change position. There were many cars on the road and most of us were driving over the limit until the lights of the triangle moved around. Then we slowed down in amazement before we drove past it.

It was strange how the lights shifted and even though the triangle was black as night you could see the outline of it.

02/24/23 7:33 PM

UFO Shape: triangle

Lasted: 10 minutes

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Delmar, DE

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Three stationary bright orbs I observed three bright orbs over the ocean. They were in a triangle pattern. I believed them to be Milatary Helicopters training because they were stationary in mid air.

Then the one on the North side of the triangle went to the North at a speed greater than an standard aircraft it dispeared in a matter of seconds. The remaining two made erratic movements and then shot straight up and suddenly disapeared. They were round and bright white like a star.

I am not sure what they were but they are not anything I have ever seen.

02/23/23 10:38 PM

UFO Shape: orb

Lasted: approx.15 minutes

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wilmington, DE

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Me and everyone outside saw it from the street. I saw a ufo a bunch of them I was on my way back home from the gas station I stuck my head out the window and saw 7 fireball discs lined up in the sky perfectly there were so many people watching in shock outside and they all separated and went all over the place it looked nowhere near man made ufos started coming out of one and its almost as if the sky pulled it back in I was recording when it went extremly fast stopped and went back into space I was flabbergasted I been seing ufos most my life yet nobody ever belived me until they see it themselves.

01/11/23 8:01 PM

UFO Shape: fireball

Lasted:

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Rehoboth Beach, DE

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smal group of bright lights moving independently at erratic direction and quite rapid speed. It's like these intelligent creatures are waiting for me and seem to start moving very quickly after I begin looking for them. Wish someone might be here with a proper optical device.

12/28/22 10:25 PM

UFO Shape: light

Lasted: continuous

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Dover, DE

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Triangle of lights moving above highway I was driving northbound on route 1, north of Dover Delaware around 9:00 pm. The particular area is pretty dark. It was very cold at the time.

The sky appeared mostly clear. I saw 3 lights in the sky in a triangular formation. The formation was moving slowly across the highway from left to right.

Definitely slower than airplanes move in the area. The formation was from my perspective: the light farthest away was leading, the second nearest light was behind the leading light, to the left of it closest to me, the 3rd light was appeared not quite as far away as the leading light and was at the rear (left)of the formation in the direction they were going. The time I saw the formation was probably less than 10 seconds so I don’t believe it could have been extremely high.

My guess of the distance from light to light is hundreds of feet given its width in comparison to the highway. The lights were an off white similar to an incandescent bulb hooked to a low battery. All 3 lights appeared spherical.

All 3 lights were flickering very fast. Dozens of flickers a second. All 3 lights looked kind of like they were out of sharp focus and made them appear larger.

Meaning the center of the light was brighter and the outer edges were dimmer. Additionally the lights were not bright such as one would see on an airplane. You can see many airplanes in that area because Dover AFB is south of Dover.

I lost sight of the lights as I drove under them.

12/25/22 9:00 PM

UFO Shape: triangle

Lasted: 5-10 seconds

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Newark, DE

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I saw a light that was not flashing moving then disappeared I was driving to work (home Depot) when I pulled into the parking lot and I saw this light that was not a airplane. It was really bright. I was trying to get my phone to take a picture and it was gone.

12/22/22 9:29 AM

UFO Shape: light

Lasted: 30 secomds

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Wilmington, DE

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I opened a portal in my kitchen I have lots of footage I make them come around.

12/04/22 8:54 AM

UFO Shape: changing

Lasted: 3 min

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Rehoboth Beach, DE

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After retiring to bed have straight up view of heavens. Always seem waiting for me and continuing as long as I keep looking. Bright lights seen nightly and continuing moving erradically and fast in high night sky over Rehoboth Beach, DE.

10/21/22 10:30 PM

UFO Shape: light

Lasted: lengthy and continual

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Viola, DE

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Hovering triangular aircraft seen again in our field I went out of my door and walked down the stairs, and when I looked up, I saw a triangular shaped aircraft hovering in front of me over our field. When the door closed behind me, a light appeared -like a searchlight- and started to raise from the aircraft and head towards me. I immediately turned around and ran back inside and when I turned to look at the aircraft again, I noticed that the searchlight was off and it was moving to me.

I stayed at the glass storm door while it approached, and it came directly over my head, over my house, until I could no longer see it. I had noise cancellation on my AirPods, but had yelled for my daughter.she got up and joined me, and while she did not see it, she did say that she heard it - said it sounded like a plane, but not like other planes.

definitely quieter than others. She also said she saw a red flashing light on the rear of the aircraft.

10/11/22 11:20 PM

UFO Shape: triangle

Lasted: 5 minutes

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Bear, DE

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There were bright orange, orb looking objects moving through the sky that looked very odd and out of the ordinary. I was walking from my neighbor’s home, at 9pm and as I was walking toward my driveway, I looked up at the full moon and saw two strange bright orange circles flickering, in the sky. They looked very strange because they were pulsating and moving kind of fast.

I grabbed my phone and took a picture and white lines formed under the lights, in the picture. I thought that was weird, so I started video taping. I saw two more come behind them, so I kept the video going.

The first two phased out as the second two followed their path, in the sky. I stopped the video because I didn’t see anymore, and as I approached my porch, I saw two more coming, so I started another video. Another two came after they got to a distance.

I saw a total of 8 of them. All were the same orange circles, that looked identical in size. Unfortunately, I had accidentally hit the button and stopped the second video.

The moon appeared to have a haze over it as the objects moved in its direction. I went in the house and around 9:15 pm, I went back out, just to see if they were gone. I didn’t see anymore, however, the full moon, at that point was very bright and clear.

10/08/22 9:00 PM

UFO Shape: circle

Lasted: 3 minutes

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Dover, DE

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Saw craft with bright triangle light trail moving slowly I witnessed alone a bright light coming from behind the tree line which slowly moved away from the tree line uncovering a bright white triangle shaped light trail. The object moved very slowly and silently through the night sky. Things within the environment became very quiet.

I proceeded to take photos and video of the object. At first I thought it was a shooting star but then quickly realized it was too close and moved to slowly.

09/24/22 7:50 PM

UFO Shape: triangle

Lasted: 1 minute

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Georgetown, DE

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I have a series of photos where a formation appears, changes, then disappears with just a few minutes I have a number of shots that will not all fit here. The incident happened Sep 17, 2022 over a 7 minute period. I was standing on my deck at 7:20 in the evening and first noticed the unusual strip of blue in the southwestern sky.

Then a cloud like formation appeared in the strip of blue, small at first, then got a little bigger, split in two and then back into one, then just disappeared. I thought it was a very unusual sighting.

09/19/22 7:20 PM

UFO Shape: formation

Lasted: 7 minutes

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Dover, DE

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Ball of light very dimly moving in a zig zag pattern almost and would seam to slow down and jump across the sky, after a minute of watching this ball of light it glew brighter for 4 seconds then dimmed back out as it cross the sky and finally disappeared to nothing. 20 minutes later same thing was spotted but there were two dim lights and they seemed to be following the same pattern.

09/13/22 8:43 PM

UFO Shape: light

Lasted: 4-5 minutes

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Delaware UFO Sightings By Shape

This is a standardized set of shapes a UFO report can be filed under.

Shape / Appearance Sightings % Of Total
Light 66 reported sightings 16.10% of all reports
Circle 60 reported sightings 14.63% of all reports
Triangle 58 reported sightings 14.15% of all reports
Sphere 33 reported sightings 8.05% of all reports
Fireball 29 reported sightings 7.07% of all reports
Unknown 26 reported sightings 6.34% of all reports
Other 26 reported sightings 6.34% of all reports
Disk 24 reported sightings 5.85% of all reports
Oval 15 reported sightings 3.66% of all reports
Formation 15 reported sightings 3.66% of all reports
Changing 9 reported sightings 2.20% of all reports
Rectangle 8 reported sightings 1.95% of all reports
Diamond 6 reported sightings 1.46% of all reports
Flash 6 reported sightings 1.46% of all reports
Cylinder 5 reported sightings 1.22% of all reports
Teardrop 4 reported sightings 0.98% of all reports
Egg 4 reported sightings 0.98% of all reports
Chevron 4 reported sightings 0.98% of all reports
Orb 4 reported sightings 0.98% of all reports
Cigar 2 reported sightings 0.49% of all reports

Delaware UFO Sightings By Month

This data point is an aggregation of all UFO reports by the month the sighting occured in.

Month Sightings % Of Total
August 49 reported sightings 11.95% of all reports
July 48 reported sightings 11.71% of all reports
December 41 reported sightings 10.00% of all reports
June 41 reported sightings 10.00% of all reports
November 40 reported sightings 9.76% of all reports
September 35 reported sightings 8.54% of all reports
January 35 reported sightings 8.54% of all reports
October 31 reported sightings 7.56% of all reports
May 24 reported sightings 5.85% of all reports
February 21 reported sightings 5.12% of all reports
March 19 reported sightings 4.63% of all reports
April 19 reported sightings 4.63% of all reports

Delaware UFO Sightings By Weekday

This data point is an aggregation of all UFO reports by the day of the week the sighting occured on.

Weekday Sightings % Of Total
Thursday 70 reported sightings 17.07% of all reports
Saturday 69 reported sightings 16.83% of all reports
Friday 62 reported sightings 15.12% of all reports
Wednesday 59 reported sightings 14.39% of all reports
Sunday 57 reported sightings 13.90% of all reports
Monday 47 reported sightings 11.46% of all reports
Tuesday 39 reported sightings 9.51% of all reports

Delaware UFO Sightings By Date (Top 5)

This data point is an aggregation of all UFO reports by the date the sighting occured on, limited to the top 5 dates with the most sightings.

Date Sightings % Of Total
08/20/20 3 reported sightings 0.73% of all reports
06/01/99 3 reported sightings 0.73% of all reports
07/04/14 2 reported sightings 0.49% of all reports
07/04/20 2 reported sightings 0.49% of all reports
06/01/02 2 reported sightings 0.49% of all reports

Delaware UFO Sightings By Time

This data point is an aggregation of all UFO reports by the time of day the sighting occured during. We took logical 4 hour windows in order to split the day into early morning, morning, afternoon, evening, night, and late night buckets for this analysis.

Time Of Day Hours Sightings % Of Total
Night 20:00 - 23:59 195 reported sightings 47.56% of all reports
Evening 16:00 - 19:59 84 reported sightings 20.49% of all reports
Late night 00:00 - 03:59 45 reported sightings 10.98% of all reports
Early morning 04:00 - 07:59 38 reported sightings 9.27% of all reports
Afternoon 12:00 - 15:59 22 reported sightings 5.37% of all reports
Morning 08:00 - 11:59 19 reported sightings 4.63% of all reports

Years with Reported UFO Sightings in Delaware

These are running counts of how many UFO sighting reports are filed per year in Delaware.

Year Number of Reports View Reports
2023 10 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 2023
2022 23 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 2022
2021 9 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 2021
2020 27 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 2020
2019 16 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 2019
2018 8 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 2018
2017 22 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 2017
2016 20 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 2016
2015 31 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 2015
2014 37 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 2014
2013 12 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 2013
2012 32 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 2012
2011 15 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 2011
2010 14 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 2010
2009 9 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 2009
2008 12 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 2008
2007 15 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 2007
2006 8 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 2006
2005 11 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 2005
2004 8 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 2004
2003 5 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 2003
2002 9 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 2002
2001 4 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 2001
2000 6 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 2000
1999 12 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 1999
1998 2 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 1998
1997 1 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 1997
1995 2 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 1995
1994 1 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 1994
1993 2 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 1993
1991 1 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 1991
1990 4 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 1990
1989 1 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 1989
1988 1 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 1988
1985 1 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 1985
1984 2 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 1984
1982 1 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 1982
1981 1 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 1981
1980 1 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 1980
1976 1 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 1976
1974 1 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 1974
1972 3 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 1972
1970 1 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 1970
1969 1 UFO Reports Delaware UFO Sightings in 1969

Cities with Reported UFO Sightings in Delaware

These are running counts of how many UFO sighting reports are filed per city in Delaware

City Number of Reports View Reports
Wilmington 57 UFO Reports Wilmington, Delaware UFO Sightings
Newark 46 UFO Reports Newark, Delaware UFO Sightings
Dover 36 UFO Reports Dover, Delaware UFO Sightings
Bear 23 UFO Reports Bear, Delaware UFO Sightings
Rehoboth Beach 17 UFO Reports Rehoboth Beach, Delaware UFO Sightings
Lewes 15 UFO Reports Lewes, Delaware UFO Sightings
Bethany Beach 13 UFO Reports Bethany Beach, Delaware UFO Sightings
Milford 12 UFO Reports Milford, Delaware UFO Sightings
Millsboro 12 UFO Reports Millsboro, Delaware UFO Sightings
Middletown 10 UFO Reports Middletown, Delaware UFO Sightings
Elsmere 9 UFO Reports Elsmere, Delaware UFO Sightings
Hockessin 7 UFO Reports Hockessin, Delaware UFO Sightings
SMYRNA 7 UFO Reports SMYRNA, Delaware UFO Sightings
New Castle 6 UFO Reports New Castle, Delaware UFO Sightings
Georgetown 6 UFO Reports Georgetown, Delaware UFO Sightings
Selbyville 6 UFO Reports Selbyville, Delaware UFO Sightings
Claymont 6 UFO Reports Claymont, Delaware UFO Sightings
Newcastle 5 UFO Reports Newcastle, Delaware UFO Sightings
Dewey Beach 5 UFO Reports Dewey Beach, Delaware UFO Sightings
Seaford 5 UFO Reports Seaford, Delaware UFO Sightings
Laurel 5 UFO Reports Laurel, Delaware UFO Sightings
South Bethany Beach 4 UFO Reports South Bethany Beach, Delaware UFO Sightings
Delmar 4 UFO Reports Delmar, Delaware UFO Sightings
Greenwood 4 UFO Reports Greenwood, Delaware UFO Sightings
Camden 4 UFO Reports Camden, Delaware UFO Sightings
Townsend 4 UFO Reports Townsend, Delaware UFO Sightings
Harrington 4 UFO Reports Harrington, Delaware UFO Sightings
Felton 4 UFO Reports Felton, Delaware UFO Sightings
Pike Creek 4 UFO Reports Pike Creek, Delaware UFO Sightings
Lincoln 3 UFO Reports Lincoln, Delaware UFO Sightings
Greenville 3 UFO Reports Greenville, Delaware UFO Sightings
Viola 3 UFO Reports Viola, Delaware UFO Sightings
Hartly 3 UFO Reports Hartly, Delaware UFO Sightings
Frankford 2 UFO Reports Frankford, Delaware UFO Sightings
Delaware City 2 UFO Reports Delaware City, Delaware UFO Sightings
Frederica 2 UFO Reports Frederica, Delaware UFO Sightings
Rehoboth 2 UFO Reports Rehoboth, Delaware UFO Sightings
Bridgeville 2 UFO Reports Bridgeville, Delaware UFO Sightings
Stanton 2 UFO Reports Stanton, Delaware UFO Sightings
Magnolia 2 UFO Reports Magnolia, Delaware UFO Sightings
Ocean View 2 UFO Reports Ocean View, Delaware UFO Sightings
Clayton 2 UFO Reports Clayton, Delaware UFO Sightings
Dagsboro 2 UFO Reports Dagsboro, Delaware UFO Sightings
Fenwick Island 2 UFO Reports Fenwick Island, Delaware UFO Sightings
Delaware 2 UFO Reports Delaware, Delaware UFO Sightings
Milton 2 UFO Reports Milton, Delaware UFO Sightings