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Sighting Report
Occurred : 12/31/1999 23:30 (Entered as : 12/31/99 23:30)
Reported: 3/14/2000 09:00
Posted: 3/16/2000
Location: Rockford, IL
Shape: Light
Duration:3-5 minutes
3 orange lights hovering in the sky east of Rockford, IL, on the outskirts of town toward Belvidere, IL.

I was walking a friend's dog on New Year's Eve outside a home that sits high on a hill in the country, on the outskirts of Rockford, IL. I was marvelling at how clear the skies were, and noticed what I thought were airplanes stacked-up to land at O'Hare airport (about 80 miles away).

I asked my friends to come out and see this, but of course no one budged.

I didn't think anything more of it until the next day when CNN reported that most major airports across the US ceased operations by about 9:30pm because of Y2K concerns. O'Hare was one of the airports mentioned by name.

The next day, I started hearing reports of lights in the sky over Rockford. What I observed were three lights with a glowing amber/orange color that seemed to hover in a triangular formation.