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Occurred : 10/24/2008 22:20 (Entered as : 10/24/08 22:20)
Reported: 10/26/2008 4:35:57 PM 16:35
Posted: 10/31/2008
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Shape: Light
Duration:2-3 minutes
on 10/24/08 I observed 10-15 orange colored lighted objects floating or flying on the northeast side of Indianapolis.

I am a police sergeant and while on duty on Friday (10/24/08) at approximately 22:20hrs., I observed about 10-15 amber colored lights floating or flying upwards.

I was parked in a downtown parking lot facing north when this occurred. I iniatially observed 3 lights spaced pretty equally apart, but at slightly different altitudes. Because of the downtown horizon I was unable to ascertain if they were coming up from the ground or just a slightly lower altitude.

These lights appeared to be coming from the northeast east quadrant of Marion County (about 10 miles away from me).

After noticing and watching the first three lights, I observed 3 or 4 more about 20-30 seconds behind, ascending in the same manner as the first 3. I then observed approximatly 6-8 more of these objects floating or flying upwards from the same area. After getting so high into the sky the objects disappeared.

There was a cloud cover on this night, as we did have rainfall off and on. I am not sure if the lights or objects just burned out or I was unable to see due to the clouds. The puzzeling thing was that the clouds were going from west to east, and these objects were floating upwards from east to the west, into the wind, but only at a very gradual change.

Because these objects were going into the wind rather than with the wind, I quickly dismissed them as balloons of any kind but I could be wrong.

I have never seen anything like this before but there could be a legitimate reason for them. I am just curious what they were.

I did watch the 6am newscast when I returned home from work and did not see any mention of the lights for legitimate or unknown purposes. I did email the Indianapolis Star to see if they knew what the lights were, but so far I have not received a response.

I also observed what appeared to be a commercial aircraft heading towards the lights, but the lights had cleared its path by time the aircraft arrived in the area. I would suspect there was a good possibility the aircraft pilots observed these lights as well. The aircraft was going from the west to the east ( I assume leaving Indpls. Intn. Airport).

Several hours later when I returned to that spot (where I sit until a run comes out) I did observe what is mistakenly called a "shooting star" in the area. This one appearred to be closer and brighter then ones I have seen in the past, but this could just be coincidence. I just figured I would report it in case anyone else had seen it and no explanation could be found for the lights presence.

I also attempted to take cellphone pics and video of objects, but on review you can not see them due to poor camera quality on cellphone