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Occurred : 3/10/2000 21:15 (Entered as : 03/10/00 21:15)
Reported: 3/19/2000 16:03
Posted: 3/11/2003
Location: Rockford, IL
Shape: Light
Duration:15-20 min.
This was something we all have NEVER seen before. There has been no investigation that we know of, except it was reported on the news. Why don't we have answers?

Friday, March family and friends were downstairs at the Arlington of Rockford on East State St. At about 9:10 pm, a security officer rushed through the door from outside to grab anyones attention to come out and see what was outside. He seemed rather disturbed, so we all ran from our table to see what he was talking about. There was about 12 of us witnesses to his discovery. He pointed south and up in the overcast sky. There was a formation of 5 orange/amber, bright lights. He said, earlier they came right over the building in a single file, and at that time I thought I heard him say he saw 9 all together and 4 of them left. They made no sound and I don't remember even seeing any stars because it was so overcast...but these lights sure stood out though. When we got there, they were in sort of a circular formation. One by one would either vanish or fade off with time. One in particular sort of floated to the top of the rest and stayed there the longest as the others faded. While we were out there, this process took at least 10 minutes itself with the one standing alone. This particular one let off like a "fire-spray" underneath it or something. It was still out there when I walked back in the building to tell the rest of our party. Small world as it now seems, coincidently, my daughter saw what she discribed as the same thing on New Years Eve near her house. I was on the phone with her as she saw an amber-like light glow and move unusually with no sound over her area. I knew by the sound of her voice that she was concerned enough to know it was not normal or like anything she's ever seen. This seems to happen quite often around here. I think it's only fair we all know what these objects are.