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Occurred : 7/7/2007 23:00 (Entered as : 07/07/07 23:00)
Reported: 7/8/2007 10:45:50 AM 10:45
Posted: 8/7/2007
Location: Earlville, IL
Shape: Circle
Duration:1 minute
My five friends and I were on a camping trip in Earlville, IL which is primarily a farming community. Late at night around 11 PM, I was gazing up at the sky and an odd vertical, dark orange/red light was in the sky. It looked like 3-5 small vertical circles stacked on top of each other. It was very high up in the sky, so I assumed it was a comet or something of that sort. I pointed it out and told my five friends to look at it. As they looked up at it, the single vertical line split into 2 vertical lines and started descending down to the earth. It still appeared very high in the sky at this point. About 15-25 seconds after the single line diverged into 2 lines, it had diverged again into 4 vertical lines. At this point it was very close to ground level. I'm guessing it was 2-3 miles away from where we were looking at it. It was very dark so it is hard to judge the distance it actually was but it was not far away at all. When it had finally appeared at ground level, there were 2 horizontal rows of lights with 4 lights in each row. The light wasn't nearly as intense now as it was when I had first mistaken it for a comet in the sky, but the light formation clearly made the shape of a saucer and at this point we had no doubt it was a UFO. About 10 seconds after it had fully descended and the 2 rows of lights had appeared, the outermost two vertical rows of lights faded away and immediately following after the center two vertical row of lights faded away. We were silent the whole time we watched this thing descend down onto the earth but after the lights had completely faded, we all confirmed that it was a UFO we had all just witnessed. The grandson of the owner of the property soon told us that his grandparents had witnessed UFOs before on the property (I think he said they saw one about 50 years ago) and that his grandfather had actually coined the city of Earlville's motto as "The Center of the Universe".