While camping at the Burlingame State Park, Charlestown, my friend, Tommy, and I were looking over the pond at the campground. In the far distance, over the nearby ocean and near, I would guess, to Block Island, RI, a very bright light, like a bright star, came up out of the ocean at a 45° angle, it continued to zig zag at 45° angles upward for a few seconds, as if gaining speed to get out of the earth's gravity, then shop straight up and out of sight.
We both looked at each other, amazed. No one we told believed us; I am 50 now, so we were about 15 at the time. We just happened to be looking in the right direction at the right time.
I would imagine on a nice summer night, others saw the same thing, particularly people on Block Island, a tourist resort. I would estimate the object was about 10 to 12 miles away, putting it very close to Block Island.