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Occurred : 9/13/2001 23:00 (Entered as : 09/13/2001 23:00)
Reported: 6/10/2005 11:04:45 PM 23:04
Posted: 6/20/2005
Location: Rockford, IL
Shape: Fireball
Duration:5 Minutes
Fireball in the sky around 911, being chased by the military!

I used to work for UPS. After 911 the airport was of course closed for a few days, so I was at home. Many military aircraft were flying all over the country and Rockford Illinois was not left out. Many F-16 style jet fighters could be seen in our skies over those days. "Most" aircraft fly from west to east or east to west across the Rockford skies, it is very odd to see them fly in any other direction unless they are flying low to land at our very own airport.

A few days into the 911 event, I was standing on my front deck and noticed a few lights in the distance to the south flying north. I figured it was military jets scouting our skies. I was half right. As the lights came closer (actually passing over my house to the north)I could see the objects very clearly. The chase plane was a military jet, I believe it was an F-16. The lead craft flying directly in front of teh jet was a "ball of fire" a little larger than the jet. They flew north until out of my view. Its the closet I have ever been to a real UFO.

I hope that you can find sighting reports from others in my area, and possibly the military to substantiate this sighting. I am reporting this now as I this is teh first web site that I have discovered that will allow you to record events like this. Thank You.

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