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Occurred : 2/18/2014 18:55 (Entered as : 02/18/14 18:55)
Reported: 2/18/2014 6:14:26 PM 18:14
Posted: 2/21/2014
Location: Chicago, IL
Shape: Cigar
Duration:2 minutes
On 18 February 2014, at 6:55 p.m, my adult daughter and I were taking out the garbage. We stepped into the alley, emptied the cans, and returned to our yard.

My daughter was walking approximately five feet ahead of me when she stopped and said “what is that? It can’t be a plane, it’s not moving.” She was pointing east, from our back yard, at the sky. The object’s distance from us, had to be less than half a block. It was clear and visible.

We get a lot of air traffic in our area, planes heading towards Midway airport. We are absolutely familiar with what planes look like at night, as well as helicopters. I myself am a retired law enforcement officer.

I looked at the object she pointed at and observed the same- this object was not moving. It was static in the night sky, in a cloudless location. It had white-red oscillating lights, nothing like the lights of an airplane in configuration. It was horizontal in shape, and flattened. I assumed we were looking at it side-on. If I had to guess, it would have been about the same length as a mid-sized vehicle.

We observed the object for a full two minutes. It remained totally, unequivocally stationery. The temperature outside had to be in the low twenties, and I seriously doubt it was a blimp or other airship. It made no noise, as we were waiting to hear if we could detect the sound of helicopter blades. There was absolutely no noise.

After two minutes of observation, I told my daughter to run inside and get my second daughter for another witness. As my second daughter left, the object dimmed, and vanished.