|Occurred : 6/22/2000 14:00 (Entered as : 06/22/2000 14:00)
Reported: 7/23/2019 1:05:17 AM 01:05
Location: Stranger, KS
|Cube crashes between Basehor & Tonganoxie
On June 22nd, 2000, I was driving westbound on highway 24/40 between Basehor and Tonganoxie, around Stranger near a pine tree orchard north of the highway. It was raining very hard and visibility was terrible.
I saw something very bright above the highway, as I got closer it resolved into a cube hovering over the road, roughly house-sized, maybe 40-50 foot on each edge, and the cube itself seemed to be composed of chrome spheres.
I pulled over onto the shoulder and got out to look at it, because I had never seen anything like it, even though it was raining. It was hovering by my best estimate 60-70 feet above the highway, so I could see it very clearly.
After I had watched it for a few moments, it was struck by lightning, in an upper corner, and started to smoke and spark, as it slowly slipped sideways (to the north) and started to lose altitude, then appeared to crash into the pine orchard north of the highway. As it was storming and I had a newborn in the car, I didn't go into the orchard after it to see, but I have wondered to this day what I would find if I ever went looking in that orchard (which is fenced and private property and I probably wouldn't be allowed anyway.)
I did not get a photograph, both because it was raining so hard and because cell phones back then were mostly black and white devices without cameras.