|Occurred : 4/21/2012 21:15 (Entered as : 04/21/12 21:15)
Reported: 4/23/2012 1:00:35 PM 13:00
Location: Joliet, IL
|lights in triangle formation, solitary fireball over interstate 55 near Joliet Illinois
Around 21:15 on the 21st of April, 2012 my girlfriend and I were driving south on interstate 55 near the city of Joliet Illinois. SHe was driving and noticed three peculiar lights in the sky that individually resembled small balls of fire. They were gliding in a triangle shape at a constant speed. Our car was going at around 70 mph. At first I thought they may have been low flying helicopters or remote control airplanes.
I have spent some time in the U.S. Air Force and am familiar with many different kinds of aircraft but after watching the lights for a little bit decided that I have never seen lights like those on any kind of aircraft previously.
We noticed that off to the east there was one more solitary "fireball" flying low over the horizon. It appeared to be moving at the same rate as the three lights above us. It was partly cloudy that evening so judging the height at which the objects appeared is difficult but I would approximate it at a thousand feet or so.
I opened my passenger window to see if I could hear any type of engine noise but heard nothing. Granted, I was in a moving car on the highway. The lights eventually passed overhead heading north. The light at the tip of the triangle eventually faded out but the two at the base just kept flickering off into the distance until they were out of sight.
We don't recall seeing any other commercial aircraft in the area which seems odd because there is a municipal airport in the vicinity. After the sighting I called the Joliet Police Department to see if there had been any reports of strange lights in the sky. The night commander informed me that no such reports had been made.
Background info on observers: 32 y.o. male, unemployed photographer 28 y.o. female, secretary