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Occurred : 2/11/2000 20:15 (Entered as : 02/11/00 20:00)
Reported: 2/11/2000 21:32
Posted: 2/23/2000
Location: Rockford, IL
Shape: Light
Duration:20 mins.
Orange lights, flying low. Fire balls shooting out of one. Another flew off into space.

Flying over Rockford were 4 or 5 unidentified orange colored lights. It was about 8:15pm on the city's southeast side. These were low flying lights. Flying in formation, some smaller (what appeared to be "fire-ball") lights shooting out from one of them. Then formation broke and one of the orange lights just took off into space. I'd estimate air speed at about 50 miles per hour although this would be hard to judge not knowing how far away they were from earth. There were many sightings throughout the city. It made the local radio station and local news. This is not the first sighting of the strange orange lights in Rockford. It was reported in the news that on NEW YEARS EVE there were eyewitnesses who described similar orange lights hovering over the city.