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Occurred : 5/3/1997 21:00 (Entered as : 05/03/97 21:00)
Reported: 11/29/2012 3:58:46 PM 15:58
Posted: 12/20/2012
Location: Freeport, IL
Shape: Triangle
Duration:10 minutes
Bright triangular object, slow speed and low sound, spotlight appeared on our group, 4 other objects seen on horizon.

I had been recently thinking more than usual about an event that I and 4 others witnessed as teenagers, May 3rd 1997 in Freeport, IL and for whatever reason I decided to research it tonight. I found these reports for the same incident that took place at the same time,witnessed by others in the area. I could not believe this when I found that the incident I had been replaying in my mind for 15 years was not only witnessed by others by sounded almost exactly the same.

I was walking with a group of 5 friends and noticed a bright, primarily white light in the North Eastern sky. I pointed to the object and the others believed it to be a star. The bright light kept getting bigger and soon was accompanied by a low wurring sound much like a blimp. Soon the object was about 20-30 feet above us moving at an amazingly slow speed.

What happened next is not a hoax or a prank. A bright light from what appeared to be some type of spotlight came on and when it came on it was immediately focusing on one of my friends. It did not search around until it found something like you would expect from a normal "spotlight," it literally turned on and was shining on him at the exact same moment.

I turned around and began to run back up the lane and briefly turned to watch my friend dive behind a pile of gravel. The object continued to move slowly North East over my farmland property on the outskirts of Freeport. We reassembled and did not know what had just happened. We looked out onto the horizon and saw 4-5 other lights that looked identical to the object we had first observed when we thought it was a star and each of these objects were traveling in other directions. -Thanks