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Occurred : 12/31/1999 22:00 (Entered as : 12/31/99 22:00)
Reported: 1/2/2000 01:17
Posted: 3/11/2003
Location: Rockford, IL
Shape: Sphere
Duration:
sightings by various people in Rockford, Illinois between 22:00 and 23:00 p.m. of reddish-orange lights. Not picked up by local airport.

http://www.rrstar.com/news_main5.htm This is the Rockford Register Star online newspaper article, for what it's worth. Rockford is near my hometown, so I check this site almost daily. I am not a witness. The article is posted on the 1/2/2000 page. The airport is Rockford is pretty busy, passenger jets and many cargo planes. It looks interesting. What follows is a partial quote from the article. "The unusual sightings were reported Friday night by several spectators at Rockford's downtown New Year's Eve celebration. Accounts continued surfacing Saturday from outlying areas as well. Most described reddish-orange lights moving across the sky about 10 or 11 p.m. -- before most fireworks demonstrations began. Veroni, who was celebrating on Main Street north of downtown Rockford, was startled enough to stop at a gas station and dial 9-1-1. She said she feared a Y2K computer foulup had launched missiles at the United States. "It was either missiles, or -- man, I'm telling you -- spaceships," she said. "It was like nothing I've ever seen." "