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Sighting Report
Occurred : 8/21/1998 21:00 (Entered as : 8/21-8/27/98 21:00)
Reported: 9/23/1998 23:42
Posted: 3/11/2003
Location: Mt Sterling, IL
Shape: Light
Duration:30 minutes
8/21-8/27 Approx. 50 lights in south sky moving up & down, & side to side.

On 8/21/98 approx. 50 lights were seen in our southern sky all at once. These lights seemed to cover the sky moving in up and down motions, like baloons on a string. The lights were witnessed by many people including an Illinois state police trooper. These lights were seen & reported From Macomb, Il. to Hannibal, Mo. The Air National Guard unit reported that there was no millitary activity in the area. On 8/22/98 a black unmarked helicoptor landed at our fairgrounds and remained for most of the day. These sightings lasted for 6 consecutive nights, with good footage shot by KHQA TV channel 7 in Quincy, Il. After the news report the Air National Guard reported that what had been witnessed was after burners of their fighter aircraft. On 9/12/98 at approx. 21:15 hrs. I witnessed 1 large ball of light in the northern sky at approx. 30 degrees above the horizon. This ball of light split into 2 balls. The 2nd ball traveled to the west and stopped staying paralel with the first. The second ball started moving up and down rapidly and then traveled back to join the first. As the two joined back together they seemed to implode into nothing. This activity lasted approx. 5 minutes from start to finish. I shut off my car and got out to witness this event, and there was not a sound.