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Occurred : 10/7/2003 19:30 (Entered as : 10/07/2003 19:30)
Reported: 12/27/2003 1:12:14 PM 13:12
Posted: 1/17/2004
Location: Fairfield, IA
Shape: Formation
Duration:25 seconds
This Fairfield report of group of 5-6 lights is one of 3 reports at same time on same night in Iowa

VERY IMPORTANT - THIS IS ONE OF 3 SIGHTINGS ON THE SAME NIGHT AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME (7:30 p.m. in SE Iowa, and somewhere between 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. in Des Moines Metro area)in Iowa, witnessed by individuals in the 3 locations who are not acquainted with one another. FIRST sighting - reported directly to MUFON - was in SE Iowa at a farm fishpong near the tiny town of Belknap, in the Unionville area. SECOND sighting (reported to NUFORC as follows: 10/8/2003 12:50/21 AM 00:50) was this Fairfield sighting, some 30 miles away from the Belknap/Unionville area. THIRD sighting (reported to NUFORC as follows: 10/17/2003 10:36:26 PM 22:36) was in Urbandale (Des Moines Metro area). ALL WITNESSES report a GROUPING OF SEVERAL LIGHTS (at least 5 or 6), with Belknap and Fairfield reporting the silent lights at somewhere between 10,000 to perhaps 25,000 feet altitude, moving fast: Fairfield, with considerable surrounding vegetation, had sighting duration of about 25 seconds; Belknap (2 men in open country at a fishpond)sighting duration was perhaps one minute; Urbandale reported lights moving very very slowly at estimated altitude of 2,000 feet, with total sighting duration of somewhere around 5-6 minutes, until surrounding vegetation obscured the view of the 2 witnesses. Investigators assess all these witnesses as thoughtful,observant persons trying to relate as accurately as possible what they perceived. Total of 5 witnesses among the 3 sightings, this present Fairfield sighting having only 1 witness.

MUFON Investigators involved among the three reports: Beverly Trout, Glen Singley, Pam Brackenbury, and Clair Canfield.

((NUFORC NOTE: We express our gratitude to Beverly Trout, State Director for MUFON/IOWA, and to her co-investigators, for following up on this case, and for reporting the results here. PD))