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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 11/25/1996 22:15 (Entered as : 11/25/96 22:15)
Reported: 11/10/1999 17:54
Posted: 11/17/1999
Location: Arnolds Park, IA
Shape: Triangle
Duration: 30 seconds
Characteristics: There were lights on the object, There were aircraft in the vicinity or aircraft chasing the object
Triangular Shaped Object Hovering Over Frozen Lower Gar Lake No More Than 1500ft (Aprox 1/4 Mile Away) From Bridge I Was Standing On. Three Brown Lights On Bottom Forming A Triangle. After I Noticed Object In Sky, I Looked At It For 15 Sec Or So And Then It Went Straigt Up Into The Starry Sky And Was Out Of My Vision In No More Than 5 Seconds. I Became Startled As I Was A Great Distance Away From Nearest House Or Person And Ran To My Car. Once There, I Continued Looking Into The Sky Where I Saw The Object Go Up And About 10 Min Later, I Saw 2 High Altitude, High Speed Jets Over The Same Location I Saw Object Disappear Into Sky.

I was a senior in High School at the time I saw this object. I often walked at night alone on a bike trail that cut through a forest near my old house on the lake I used to live to get an adrenaline rush, Lake Minniwasta. There is a bridge over the lake and on the south side of the bridge is Lower Gar Lake. I was crossing this brige which is built between two points and glanced at something strange over the frozen lake suspended in the air. It was three lights in a triangle shape about 50 ft off the lake's surface, and about 1500ft or so away from where I was standing. I thought at first they were rural security lights from farms on the south side of the lake, but I looked at them closer and could see the horizon on the south side of the lake and saw the lights I saw were not due to that. I started to get a little anxious and just as I became a little scared, the object took off straigt up into the cloudless star filled sky. I mean straight up and was completely gone in less that 5 seconds. After I saw that, I freaked out and ran back to my parked car about 300 ft away. I stayed there for a while (5 min or so) looking in awe at what I had just seen. Then I noticed 2 high altitude jets in the same vicinity I saw the object disappear into the sky above.