|Occurred : 5/9/2001 23:53 (Entered as : 05/09/01 23:53)
Reported: 5/9/2001 23:14
Location: Ames, IA
|Four lights ascending, sitting stationary for awhile, then moving NE and disappearing
While noticing thunderstorm clouds in the sky, a bright white-yellow light ascended straight up from the treeline. We commented on how odd the sight of an aircraft was considering the heavy cloud cover. After ascending, the light remained stationary for approx. 3 minutes. We started driving our car towards the possible vicinity of the light, at which time we noticed it began moving in a NE direction. We were heading South, the light passed in front of us to our left. We still could not make out any shape of aircraft, but the light became clearer and we determined there were four yellowish lights with reddish halos. Then we started losing sight of it as it got farther away. Within a second of our last sighting, it completely vanished.
((NUFORC Note: Witness is anonymous. PD))