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Occurred : 9/15/1998 20:15 (Entered as : 09/15/98 20:15)
Reported: 11/7/1998 01:36
Posted: 3/11/2003
Location: Hodgkins, IL
Shape: Sphere
Duration:2minutes
What I saw was purely unexpected, the sun had just set and I was sitting in my car when I noticed one plane being followed by what looked like a sphere which in turn was followed by 3 helicopters.

It was about 20:15 on or about September 15,1998. I had been at just gotten to work and had time to spare the set and it was dark the parking lot lights had not come on yet so the sky was pretty clear. There were no clouds, it was a perfect evening. I had glanced around a bit and was going to grab my book, when I saw a plane in the sky which looked like either a medium sized prop plane or a private jet. Behind this plane about 50 to 100 feet or so was glowing red ball. The plane could not be that long for the altitude it was flying at. Behind the glowing red ball was what looked to be 3 helicopters in formation. I was able to tell they were helicopters because the lights on the tail were flickering from the tail rotor. The flew from east to west until they dissappeared over the tree tops. I tried in ernest to find someone to witness what I had just seen but again I was early and no one was around in time to see it.