Occurred: 2010-07-16 19:30 Local
Reported: 2010-07-16 19:30 Pacific
Duration: 40 Minutes
No of observers: 2

Location: Paola, KS, USA

Shape: Cigar
Characteristics: Lights on object

They were bright, cigar shaped, objects that would go in and out of the cloud

On 16 July, 2010, at approximately 1930 hours, while traveling south on US highway 169 in Spring Hill, KS, I witnessed a fluctuation of lighting in a cloud. At first thinking it was lightning I pretty much dismissed it, but as I watched it changed. It started fluctuating in light color and brightness as if something was just on the inside of the cloud wall.

As we approached the south side of Spring Hill it was as if a hole opened in the cloud and a bright light shined through it. It was long and cigar shaped. As I continued to watch I started to see two of them. They would go in and out of the cloud as if to use it for cover.

Once we got close to Hillsdale, KS my sister finally was able to catch a view of it. We eventually pulled over at US Highway 169 and Kansas Highway 68 to watch it. At one Point It appeared that there may have been as many as four with one being longer than the rest.

The cloud was a shelf cloud that traveled directly over the ! town of Paola, KS.

Posted 2010-07-19

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