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Occurred : 1/3/2002 19:30 (Entered as : 01/03/02 19:30)
Reported: 1/3/2002 7:13:38 PM 19:13
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Marion, IA
Shape: Unknown
Duration:still happening now
4 objects of flashing color over city of 30,000

At 7:30 ish, I noticed 4 motionless sources of light, flashing red, blue, and white. The one craft I could see from my bedromm window, and am looking at as I type this, appears to be in the shape of a "+", but this may be due to the window. It wasn't, and at this time, which is now 9:02, still hasn't moved from its spot. The other three reamined motionless too, but I cannot view them at this time. I did, however, witness one ascending to above my window's view, and I went outside, it is still there. I see the possibility would arise that, on a night when both Saturn and Uranus are visable, that some would say that these are planets. Well, there are two things wrong with that. 1: there are four objects, not two. 2: What planets flash blue and white, then occasionally red? Another issue could be "Well, they're hellicopters". This town is a town of only 26,000 and the biggest city in a 50 miles area is only 100,000. Why would 4 helicopters be over a small town in Iowa, not moving one inch in nearing 3 hours? Nonthing of national importance is in this town, although an aerospace technology center and a nuclear powerplant, but let me remind you those are both nearly 50 miles away. My conclusions: They are unknown to me, I would LOVE to say alien, but I can't without reasonable doubt.

((NUFORC Note: The first possibility that should be ruled out in this case would be "twinkling" stars. The description above is not inconsistent with that possibility, we feel. PD))