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Occurred : 10/1/1998 21:02 (Entered as : 10/1/98 21:02)
Reported: 10/2/1998 00:16
Posted: 3/11/2003
Location: Mt Sterling, IL
Shape: Formation
Duration:15 minutes
3 orange fireballs in triangle formation - 1 triangle shaped craft without sound.

on 9/1/98 in Mt Sterling, Il. I noticed a large orange fireball just north of town and I thought here we go again, the fireball just sat stationary at about 30 degrees above the horizon. I then turned around and proceeded to drive south on route 99 where the lights of the town was not a factor and my view would not be obscured. Approx. 1.5 mi. south of town I seen 3 orange fireballs to the east of me approx. 1/4 mile. from my location at about 1000 ft. in altitude. These fireballs were in a triangular formation and motionless. The location of these lights were less than 1/4 of a mile east of the Western Illinois Correctional Facility. After approx. 5 minutes they seemed to implode into themselves. I proceeded to a small black top road called the Wild Cat Road, to head back to town. I then noticed what appeared to be an air craft with 2 white landing lights approaching from the south west. The craft was slow moving like an old j-3 Cub and made no noise. I got out of my car and watched the craft pass over me. It was small like a fighter jet but was totally quiet and moved so slow. As the craft passed I noticed a string of 5 white lights along the trailing edge all in a line. The were no aircraft marker lights or strobes on the object. This is a small community with a population of 1900 in rual America. What the Hell is going on??????