Jerry McAlister had a UFO sighting on September 11, 1980. It hit the tabloid press first in November in the Globe, and again in December 9, 1980 in the National Enquirer. The case was also covered by the national television program, "That's Incredible!", broadcast in prime time.
This case featured a huge, brilliant UFO that allegedly left the witnesses suffering eye damage and radiation burns.
The Sumter Daily Item - Sep 11, 1980 Sumter, SC