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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 5/1/1997 22:00 (Entered as : 05/01/1997 22:00)
Reported: 2/27/2008 12:35:57 PM 12:35
Posted: 3/4/2008
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Shape: Triangle
Duration: maybe 15 minutes
Characteristics: There were lights on the object
Cedar Rapids Iowa blue lights hovering in the shape of a "V" with no sound and two witnesses

My friend and I were going to stay in a tent on my parents property. I do not specifically recall the year, I know within a 3 year range, but could not possibly ever recall the exact date because neither my friend nor I made a record of the observation.

My friend and I were contemplating leave the tent because the air was getting cold as the evening progressed. We unzipped tent entrance which faced to the East. I poked my head out and immediately noticed the apparent lights which couldn't have been anything produced by human beings. Without moving, I told my friend to poke his head out to observe the site and he saw the exact same thing as I did.

We noticed lights in a "V" shape with the point being closest to us. Since this at night, it's impossible to judge both the distance above the ground and distance of the lights/craft but they "appeared" to be within 2 miles of the surface and over 1/2 of a mile in length. These lights were blue in color. I believe there were either 7 or 9 lights, I do not recall, but they were in a perfect "V" shape. The lights were shining down towards the surface, with the closest one almost directly above us, but they didn't light up whatever they were attached to. These could have been separate crafts in a perfect "V" shape or just one craft with all the lights on them, but you couldn't see above the lights. The front of the "V" was pointing towards the North. The rear of the lights stretched far away from the front. The lights appeared to be perfectly spaced out from one another with thousands of feet in between them. Thousands of feet is more-than-likely an understatement, but again it would be impossible to tell in the dark, especially with it being up in the sky at an undermined altitude.

There was absolutely no sound coming from the light sources and no movement either. They appeared to hover in place throughout the entire duration of the siting. We were both afraid we had been spotted and didn't know if it were possible for us to be harmed so we didn't run, move, or anything except quietly whisper on infrequent occasion. I believe 10 minutes had passed before we felt safe enough to duck inside the tent. We discussed what we had seen to make sure our stories were identical and not fictitious. We both agreed going into my parents' house was the best decision because staying in the tent wouldn't give us the safety we felt we needed. At this time, we were unsure if we were going to be abducted, left alone, or have any other insane experience because seeing the UFO was astonishing, so at this point, we felt anything was now a possibility.

After 5 minutes of discussion, we grabbed our pillows and looked out again prior to making a dash for the house. We slowly poked our heads out and were both amazed to notice the lights were not there, or not on, one of two cases. I didn't think they could have been off, my assumption was they had vanished, but I suppose they could have just been off. The thought never entered my mind until typing this recount of the events. No sound was ever heard and the massive array of lights were not seen again. We ran into the house and told my parents about it. They didn't doubt we believed what we saw, however, they had never seen anything like what we described and didn't know if any possible explanation was possible other than a UFO. At least 9 years have passed before I wrote this recount of the events.

((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the incident is approximate. PD))