Last updated on April 1, 2024

All Reported UFO Sightings in Rhode Island

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

How many UFO sightings have there been in Rhode Island?

  • There have been 590 officially reported UFO sightings in Rhode Island from 1970 to 2023.
  • Rhode Island ranks #46 in the list of states with the most reported UFO sightings in the USA.
  • Adjusted for population size, Rhode Island ranks #16 on the list of states with the most reported UFO sightings, with an average of 0.98 reports per 100,000 residents.

Rhode Island Cities with the most UFO Sightings

Rank City Reported Sightings
1 Warwick, RI 50 UFO Reports
2 Providence, RI 48 UFO Reports
3 Cranston, RI 38 UFO Reports
4 South Kingstown, RI 33 UFO Reports
5 Woonsocket, RI 28 UFO Reports

Rhode Island UFO Sightings Analysis

We analyzed all 590 UFO sighting reports in Rhode Island to identify possible patterns and gain insight into the phenomenon:

20 Most Recent UFO Sightings in Rhode Island

These Rhode Island 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).

Riverside, RI

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Noticed a stationary object above the tree line Me and my boyfriend were sitting on a park bench on a clear and sunny day. I noticed across the bay a stationary object above the tree line. I pointed it out to him and we figured it was a plane because it was in a common flight path.

We watched it for about a minute and it seemed to not move at all then moved in almost a straight line down towards the tree line. It stopped right above the tree line for another few seconds and then move down again out of view. The whole encounter seemed to have lasted 1-2 minutes.

06/25/23 6:41 PM

UFO Shape: cigar

Lasted: 2 minutes

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Westerly, RI

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While star gazing, a shooting disk came flashing by. Definitely wasn’t a star though. Flashing light, disk shape fly by.

06/18/23 10:58 PM

UFO Shape: flash

Lasted: 4 seconds

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East Greenwich, RI

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I was driving the interstate at night with my buddy headed to casino when a very bright flashing light appeared in the horizon, I had my eyes on the road the whole time and it appeared almost as if it was out of thin air, flying on with no curve to its direction or sound, no trail, nothing that would indicate it’s possible with the technology we have today. The UFO flashed twice, the second time it flashes it had disappeared and it’s absolutely impossible for it to have just disappeared. By the time it blinked the second time, my buddy had also picked up on the object flying at an extreme rate of speed blink and disappear.

I know it couldn’t have been an airplane or helicopter, I have never seen something fly with such speed in my line in a straight line without producing sound by breaking the sound barrier. I have never reported a UFO sighting and I have never experienced something like this in my life, I wish I had a video for better explanations however, I also know I couldn’t have been the only one on that highway with my friend who had seen what we seen. If our eyes picked it up in the night sky out of all those other dimmer lights from planes and other civilized aircraft’s, other had to of as well.

Following seeing the light disperse in the sky out of no where, we had seen multiple plane lights and helicopters stationed, flying around the exact area where we had seen the light, this also helped us distinguish the difference between what we had seen and what we know as currently accessible technology. Not sure if the other aircraft were looking for what we had seen but if it showed up on an airport radar and vanished, it would make sense.

12/20/22 11:30 PM

UFO Shape: light

Lasted: 3 seconds maybe even less

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Newport, RI

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Cone shaped with tails appearing to be all white light. Cone shaped in its entirety appearing to be all white light. Headed toward earth, with movement that is similar to some thing that would be burning.

The cone shape was made possibly by the "tails" which seemed to come off the original possibly round shape. Shape and tails were all the same color, white light. Movement appeared to be slowly descending based on the distance where it was observed.

10/15/22 2:33 PM

UFO Shape: cone

Lasted: Not sure; less than 5 min

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Little Compton, RI

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Glowing Orb It was a gloomy rainy day. I was standing at the top of the basement stairs watching a video on my phone when I noticed this ambient golden orb the size of a thumbnail it was about 4 feet from the ground and only a foot away from me.It just hovered there and slowly drifted off to the left .

10/04/22 4:09 PM

UFO Shape: light

Lasted: 3 seconds

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Warwick, RI

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A string of lights 4 in a line 1 off center moving in a snake like way up and down low in the sky. We were outside partying and I pointed out the strange lights in the sky. there were 4 lights in a row, and one was off center.

They moved in a weird snake-like way, up and down and in a southwestern direction. I pointed them out, and 2 other people at the party saw what I pointed at, while other didn't despite looking where I was pointing. One person moved to follow the movement as it passed over my house, I did not.

I felt, more than saw, but it felt like there was something invisible spinning around those lights. I know that is strange, but I very much got the impression that the 4 lights were one side of the craft and the off center light was where the craft arched, or bent, and the light was passing through an invisible disc. The people who saw it agreed it was strange, and thought the movement was very odd.

Suggestions of Space X and Starlink don't make much sense when compared to what I saw, but I suppose it isn't out of the question. It was low in the sky, in relation to the building across the street from me, we weren't looking directly up, it was on the horizon. One of the people that saw it suggested it might have been a drone, but I didn't hear any noise from it, but we were at a party with music and about 10 people.

09/24/22 9:40 PM

UFO Shape: unknown

Lasted: 45-60 seconds

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Worcester, RI

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MADAR Node 122 at Worcester, MA 24 mi NE of Woonsocket, RI .

09/15/22 9:10 PM

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Woonsocket, RI

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Semi circle of lights hovering I was sitting out on the steps on the deck of backyard. Through the trees, I saw a bright light and thought it was odd. I got up and saw a semi circle of lights on a hovering circle object.

The lights were dull to bright, very slowly hovering left to right. I ran in to get my family, to show them out of disbelief. They too see the object and we alerted the neighbor who also came out to see the strange hovering object.

It stayed in the area for a good 30 minutes before going higher in the sky and out of sight. I also received clearer image from another person via fb that captures a clearer image. My phone doesn't catch night vision.

09/15/22 9:10 PM

UFO Shape: circle

Lasted: 30 minutes

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Tiverton, RI

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Ufo interacting with plane Watching the sunset We seen a plane and it’s exhaust from the motor,Behind it comes an aircraft and flies directly through the single engine planes exhaust.He then slowly passed the plane then quickly put miles of space between them in seconds.The ufo flew out of my image while the plane was still miles behind.

The ufo did this with no sign of exhaust.The pilot of the plane that day was certain to have reported something unexplained.I did manage to capture the image right before it disappeared behind the city line.

This was the most vivid sighting I’ve ever had .

09/01/22 6:12 PM

UFO Shape: triangle

Lasted: 5 minutes

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Tiverton, RI

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U.A.P flew up to slowed down and passed an airplane with both exhaust like the plane I was watching the sunset after my son had got me out of the house finally from telling me two different times that he kept seeing something in the sky.

When I seen a single engine airplane creating exhaust clouds. I then noticed another object following it as it proceeded to gain on the airplane following in the plane am exhaust clouds.The UAP then passed the plane and put much distance between them.

The object never once let out any similar exhaust from a motor like engine a typical airplane would have. The object most DEFINITELY came in contact with that air pilot. I wouldn’t doubt if he made a report himself as the UAP was extremely close to the plane as it passed it.

It followed the exact path of the airplane from the beginning of the planes clouds to passing it. As the UAP went into airplanes clouds it wasn’t able to be seen.

08/25/22 7:30 PM

UFO Shape: disk

Lasted: 2 minutes

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Rhode Island, RI

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2 orange streaks See video.

08/19/22 8:27 PM

UFO Shape: cigar

Lasted: )

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Woonsocket, RI

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Around 1:50 am about 20 minutes after falling asleep I remember waking up but suffering paralysis and experiencing contact with ship I truthfully feel like I suffered sleep paralysis and while in it, made contact and was teleported onto a ship that then flew at a speed that was beyond the comprehension of time! I FELT THE G FORCE OF THE CRAFT THAT I WAS TELEPORTED onto fly! I seen a portal of some sort in which I passed through as I heard an eclectic electric style peaceful yet energetic music play that let me feel I wouldn't be in harm's way. It happened extremely fast. While in/out of sleep I remember seeing the craft hover over the home I am at slowly then a bright beam of light through the picture window teleport me onto this bizarre craft.

Once the experience was over I lay in bed still in a brief paralysis semi conscious and began to dream! Then woke up by my phones notification sound shaking from the experience not knowing of it were real or I were dreaming. That was until the next morning when my roommate and I spoke about it and he began to show me photos of phenomena that he has experienced and even snapped photos of! It seemed real due to the teleporting and the feeling of flying and seeing the portal around me and hearing strange music. Just a very peculiar experience that has never happened to me before in my life.

07/29/22 1:55 AM

UFO Shape: disk

Lasted: Unaware of duration

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Kansas City, RI

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The top of a triangle of stars appeared to be moving, while staring at it the lower right star took off upwards and right. While sitting on the steps of the WW1 memorial during a family trip, myself and my fiancé were staring at the stars. My fiancé pointed out a star that she said appeared to be moving in relation to the other stars near it.

She pointed out a “star” that had two underneath it in a triangle pattern. It appeared that the top “star” might have been moving up and down slightly in relation to the other stars. I couldn’t be sure if it was, because the movements were so small I thought it could be my eyes wanting to see something that wasn’t there.

As we were staring at this top star for roughly a minute, all of a sudden the bottom right star of the triangle pattern made a rapid movement upwards far past the reference point of the top star, then made a right at a 45 degree angle and disappeared. I couldn’t tell if the second movement was actually moving right or just pulled a great distance away. The movement was exactly like the UAP’s seen in the Navy videos and others like it.

07/28/22 10:00 PM

UFO Shape: light

Lasted: 2 minutes or less

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West Warwick, RI

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Big glowing red ball moving erratically It was a big red glowing ball that moved weirdly in different directions then took off.

07/07/22 10:00 PM

UFO Shape: circle

Lasted: 10 seconds

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Jamestown, RI

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MADAR site 43 is only 8 mi from North Kingston. Had a spike in the magnetometer reading.

07/02/22 5:05 PM

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North Kingstown, RI

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Object was just hovering in mid air, unlike any vehicle or object on earth. Was not affected by wind. If you look at the image, below the object you can see air that looks oddly affected by the object, like a desert heat movie effect.

The object did not move in the small time we viewed it, as we could not just stop our vehicle on the bridge. There was absolutely nothing else around it or attached to it so it makes no sense as to how it could just be hovering thousands of feet in the air. Far too large to be a drone.

07/02/22 5:05 PM

UFO Shape: diamond

Lasted: No duration.

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Bristol, RI

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,"Interdimensional Metallic Cube " It was 2:00 pm when my wife and I were traveling through Colt state park in Bristol Rhode Island. We go to the park five times a week to see the deer and to get some exercise through a path that is set up for people to walk . On This particular day I was traveling in the park which is right next to Narragansett bay .

There is a rest area where I stopped at the rest rooms for a minute.when I came out of the rest rooms something told me to look up in the sky. At 2:18pm I witnessed a square metallic cube ,no sound ,no signs of propulsion floated slowly over my head and my wife's head who was looking out the window of the car at this UFO.

It took a total of five minutes for this thing to totally vanish out of are sight of vision!.

06/13/22 2:18 PM

UFO Shape: changing

Lasted: 5 minutes

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Middletown, RI

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Bright Tic Tac Shaped UAP / UFO over Newport RI Very bright tic tac shaped object moving very slowly if at all. No exhaust trail. Disappeared completely after 5-10 seconds.

05/10/22 6:17 PM

UFO Shape: cigar

Lasted: 5-10 Seconds

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East Providence, RI

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caught on my ring camera. 30 seconds in. It isnt a straight line, it does move around then dissappears.

01/24/22 9:36 PM

UFO Shape: light

Lasted: 5 or so seconds

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Newport Rhode Island, RI

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Orange light changing to white moving slowly without a sound. It was New Years Eve at 9:50pm and I was going outside to my garage,I was approaching the side door to enter and I looked to my right south west and saw an orange light moving towards me.I thought it odd because of the color and it didn't have any marker lights like aircraft do (red and green) blinking so at that point I thought to take out my cell phone and take a picture of it.

I had seen this orange light before and just watched it go across the sky and wished I taken a picture of it.Well this time I snapped pictures to show my wife who was in the house.I took some photos as it moved by me above the trees and I stopped when the object stopped moving in front of me because my flash was on and I felt a very uneasy feeling like it saw me.

I don't mind saying I became concerned as I felt a fear for my safety at this time.I stared it it hovering there for about one minute and it shot straight up into the overcast.The object was moving from the southwest to the northeast and it not make any noise at all,I found this very creepy to say the least.

Just after this encounter I turned around and went into my house because I was feeling a bit afraid and wanted to tell my wife what had just happened to me.I came into the my house and said to my wife I just saw a object in the sky and it was a strange color,then went on to say I took some pictures of it. I took out my phone and said here take a look and she said was it a UFO joking with me.

She looked at the pictures and said that is odd and said did you enlarge the pictures and said no.We call her the cropping queen because she always crops her pictures.I went on to to do exactly that and when I zoomed in on the pictures I was shocked at the detail that was in the pictures,I'm not sure what to do with these pictures because they are not some type fake or photo shop B.

S. like you see on line.I went on line and can't find anything close to what I have on my phone.

I would take a lie detector test to prove I that my story is real and photos are the real deal,they offer some very interesting details that I can not explain.

12/31/21 9:51 PM

UFO Shape: changing

Lasted: 3 minutes

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Rhode Island UFO Sightings By Shape

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

Shape / Appearance Sightings % Of Total
Light 117 reported sightings 19.83% of all reports
Circle 76 reported sightings 12.88% of all reports
Other 46 reported sightings 7.80% of all reports
Disk 45 reported sightings 7.63% of all reports
Triangle 44 reported sightings 7.46% of all reports
Fireball 40 reported sightings 6.78% of all reports
Unknown 37 reported sightings 6.27% of all reports
Sphere 35 reported sightings 5.93% of all reports
Formation 21 reported sightings 3.56% of all reports
Oval 16 reported sightings 2.71% of all reports
Diamond 14 reported sightings 2.37% of all reports
Cigar 13 reported sightings 2.20% of all reports
Egg 12 reported sightings 2.03% of all reports
Rectangle 11 reported sightings 1.86% of all reports
Changing 10 reported sightings 1.69% of all reports
Chevron 10 reported sightings 1.69% of all reports
Cylinder 9 reported sightings 1.53% of all reports
Teardrop 7 reported sightings 1.19% of all reports
Flash 6 reported sightings 1.02% of all reports
Cone 3 reported sightings 0.51% of all reports
Cross 2 reported sightings 0.34% of all reports

Rhode Island 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
July 82 reported sightings 13.90% of all reports
August 69 reported sightings 11.69% of all reports
September 67 reported sightings 11.36% of all reports
October 56 reported sightings 9.49% of all reports
June 53 reported sightings 8.98% of all reports
November 51 reported sightings 8.64% of all reports
January 49 reported sightings 8.31% of all reports
May 33 reported sightings 5.59% of all reports
March 32 reported sightings 5.42% of all reports
December 31 reported sightings 5.25% of all reports
February 28 reported sightings 4.75% of all reports
April 26 reported sightings 4.41% of all reports

Rhode Island 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
Saturday 120 reported sightings 20.34% of all reports
Thursday 96 reported sightings 16.27% of all reports
Sunday 82 reported sightings 13.90% of all reports
Tuesday 75 reported sightings 12.71% of all reports
Friday 75 reported sightings 12.71% of all reports
Monday 71 reported sightings 12.03% of all reports
Wednesday 58 reported sightings 9.83% of all reports

Rhode Island 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
09/19/09 5 reported sightings 0.85% of all reports
05/12/12 4 reported sightings 0.68% of all reports
07/04/15 3 reported sightings 0.51% of all reports
02/28/06 2 reported sightings 0.34% of all reports
09/26/15 2 reported sightings 0.34% of all reports

Rhode Island 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 - 23:59 253 reported sightings 42.88% of all reports
Evening 16:00 - 19:59 120 reported sightings 20.34% of all reports
Late night 00:00 - 03:59 78 reported sightings 13.22% of all reports
Afternoon 12:00 - 15:59 53 reported sightings 8.98% of all reports
Morning 08:00 - 11:59 39 reported sightings 6.61% of all reports
Early morning 04:00 - 07:59 34 reported sightings 5.76% of all reports

Years with Reported UFO Sightings in Rhode Island

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

Year Number of Reports View Reports
2023 2 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 2023
2022 17 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 2022
2021 15 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 2021
2020 27 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 2020
2019 33 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 2019
2018 19 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 2018
2017 29 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 2017
2016 34 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 2016
2015 49 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 2015
2014 38 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 2014
2013 37 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 2013
2012 50 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 2012
2011 20 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 2011
2010 20 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 2010
2009 17 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 2009
2008 17 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 2008
2007 14 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 2007
2006 15 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 2006
2005 16 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 2005
2004 19 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 2004
2003 12 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 2003
2002 6 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 2002
2001 10 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 2001
2000 9 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 2000
1999 5 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 1999
1998 8 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 1998
1997 5 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 1997
1996 5 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 1996
1995 3 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 1995
1993 1 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 1993
1990 1 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 1990
1989 1 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 1989
1987 1 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 1987
1983 1 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 1983
1982 2 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 1982
1981 1 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 1981
1979 2 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 1979
1978 2 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 1978
1977 3 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 1977
1976 3 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 1976
1975 3 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 1975
1974 2 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 1974
1971 1 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 1971
1970 2 UFO Reports Rhode Island UFO Sightings in 1970

Cities with Reported UFO Sightings in Rhode Island

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

City Number of Reports View Reports
Warwick 50 UFO Reports Warwick, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Providence 48 UFO Reports Providence, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Cranston 38 UFO Reports Cranston, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
South Kingstown 33 UFO Reports South Kingstown, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Woonsocket 28 UFO Reports Woonsocket, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Pawtucket 27 UFO Reports Pawtucket, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Coventry 21 UFO Reports Coventry, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
North Kingstown 18 UFO Reports North Kingstown, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Newport 17 UFO Reports Newport, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
North Providence 16 UFO Reports North Providence, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Johnston 15 UFO Reports Johnston, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Westerly 14 UFO Reports Westerly, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Narragansett 14 UFO Reports Narragansett, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Cumberland 14 UFO Reports Cumberland, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
East Providence 13 UFO Reports East Providence, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
West Warwick 12 UFO Reports West Warwick, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Charlestown 12 UFO Reports Charlestown, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Wakefield 12 UFO Reports Wakefield, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Smithfield 10 UFO Reports Smithfield, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Middletown 10 UFO Reports Middletown, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Tiverton 9 UFO Reports Tiverton, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Bristol 8 UFO Reports Bristol, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Jamestown 8 UFO Reports Jamestown, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Warren 8 UFO Reports Warren, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
East Greenwich 8 UFO Reports East Greenwich, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
North Smithfield 7 UFO Reports North Smithfield, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Riverside 7 UFO Reports Riverside, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Lincoln 7 UFO Reports Lincoln, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Portsmouth 6 UFO Reports Portsmouth, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Exeter 6 UFO Reports Exeter, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Scituate 6 UFO Reports Scituate, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Rumford 5 UFO Reports Rumford, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
West Greenwich 4 UFO Reports West Greenwich, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Greenville 4 UFO Reports Greenville, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Hope Valley 3 UFO Reports Hope Valley, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Kingston 3 UFO Reports Kingston, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Richmond 3 UFO Reports Richmond, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Harrisville 3 UFO Reports Harrisville, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Block Island 3 UFO Reports Block Island, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Little Compton 3 UFO Reports Little Compton, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Hopkinton 2 UFO Reports Hopkinton, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
South Kingston 2 UFO Reports South Kingston, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Foster 2 UFO Reports Foster, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
N Providence 2 UFO Reports N Providence, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Ashaway 2 UFO Reports Ashaway, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Barrington 2 UFO Reports Barrington, Rhode Island UFO Sightings
Seekonk 2 UFO Reports Seekonk, Rhode Island UFO Sightings