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Occurred : 8/21/2004 22:10 (Entered as : 08/21/2004 22:10)
Reported: 8/21/2004 10:02:54 PM 22:02
Posted: 8/24/2004
Location: Madison, WI
Shape: Light
Duration:10-15 min.
Four bright white lights in a row, descended sharply and diminished to a flashlight size and winked out and hit ground.

On August 21, 2004 at approximately 10:10 P.M. CST I noticed a very odd phenomenon over Interstate 90/94 southbound between Poynette, WI and DeForest, WI. My wife and I were driving home from central Wisconsin from a friends cottage. No alcohol or drugs were consumed at the outing. It was a very clear night and the stars were very visible.

My wife and I both noticed a bright white light in the sky. She asked what it was and I responded jokingly, a UFO. It was extremely bright and was composed of four lights in a row flying perpendicular to our line of travel. At first we thought they must be landing lights on an airliner. However the four lights in a row were not right. Usually there is some separation between the lights. There was none. Between us and the lights there was a microwave tower with a red light on it, the lights appeared miles beyond the tower. We passed the tower in about a quarter to half mile. Then the lights started to descend. I thought it might be a plane landing at the Dane county airport a few miles to the south. But it wasn't turning toward the airport as it should have. It proceeded straight across the highway about what initially looked to be about a quarter mile ahead of us. It then came down very steeply and I though it was going to crash in the woods next to the highway. Instead the lights dropped in intensity until it looked about the size of a flashlight. It then winked out and appeared to land on the shoulder of the road directly to our right. When it winked out it was the size of a computer keyboard and appeared to fly into the woods next to the road. It was not a bird. We could not stop as it was a crowded interstate and had a steep ditch next to the road. We proceeded home to Madison and I filed this report. It was definitely an Unconventional Flying Object.