|Occurred : 2/2/2002 23:45 (Entered as : 02/02/02 23:45)
Reported: 7/13/2002 1:37:53 PM 13:37
Location: Champaign, IL
|Four orange/amber lights seen over Champaign, IL.
Witness Testimony: "I was on-duty responding to an alarm call and travelling eastbound down Kirby (Street) approaching the intersection with State Street. I saw the two lights to the left (north) first. I focused on them and then noticed the two lights to the right (south). I have worked the area for four years and never seen them before so my attention was drawn to them. I should also note that the lights were due east of my location and appeared directly above Memorial Stadium. I was unsure what the objects were at first and I thought they may have been a reflection or new lights on the stadium. I also did not think much about them initially because of that reason. I had been scanning the other Police departments in the area (radio traffic) and heard several other officers talking about unidentified objects they were seeing. I then realized the objects I was seeing was probably related. The closer I came to the stadium also made me realize the objects were several hundred feet above it. The four objects hovered in place. I did not see them move or do anything else. I lost sight of them when I turned northbound onto First Street and was close to the base of the stadium. I realized the lights were further to the east and the stadium blocked my view. Later that night, I telephoned METCAD (a dispatch agency) and learned that several people, including other officers, had reported seeing up to ten unusual lights in the sky. Some believed the lights were from skydivers or parachute flares. Others believed it was the military doing some type of menuevers. I also learned that some buildings had been lit up with spotlights from these objects. Another important point that I forgot to include was that maybe five minutes after my sighting, I received a computer message from our front desk personnel that (said) someone from an apartment at 308 East Armory (3 blocks north of the stadium) called-in to report ten airplanes using orange running lights to communicate to each other in morse code. I am unsure of the loca! tion of that sighting. One last point, METCAD advised during my previously-mentioned telephone conversation that they had called the local airport (Willard) to see if they could provide any information on the unusual sightings. The airport's reply was that they knew of nothing going on and had nothing on their radar screen. Nothing further to report at this time." (Case investigated and submitted by Illinois MUFON State Section Director, Vic Connor)
((NUFORC Note: We express our gratitude to Victor Connor and MUFON/Illinois for sharing this report. PD))