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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 8/19/2004 20:00 (Entered as : 08/19/2004 20:00)
Reported: 9/9/2004 8:58:01 AM 08:58
Posted: 9/9/2004
Location: Gary/Hammond, IN
Shape: Triangle
Duration: 45-60 seconds
Characteristics: There were lights on the object, The object left a trail, There was an aura or haze around the object, There were electrical or magnetic effects
Three triangular glowing lights flying very slowly toward the horizon (I-90 West outside Gary, Indiana)

Traveling West on I-90 toward Chicago, somewhere between Gary and Hammond, I saw three isoceles triangle shaped, glowing lights that had a bright, pinkish-white hue and a lighted trail. What caught my eye was their shape, large size relative to their location in the sky, and slow movement toward the horizon. It was completely unlike the typical lights from aircraft flying at night; there was no blinking or flickering, and the size and shape indicated three separate movements. The lights appeared to be moving in formation. My friend and I watched and were very aware that what we were looking at was extremely unusual. We even thought about watching the news that night to see if any unusual sightings were reported. The three lights slowly dimmed and disappeared. I searched the sky for about ten minutes afterward and saw no sign of them. When we got into Chicago, we learned that the air show was taking place that weekend, which we figured might have been the cause (although we both maintained this did not resemble airplane flight).

When we first saw the lights my friend was talking on her cell phone with perfect reception. Suddenly the connection completely failed. After the lights were gone she redialed and had a perfect connection once again.

I had not forgotten the event and when I came across this website and saw the large number of reports in and around the Chicago area for that weekend, I felt our experience was validated.

((NUFORC Note: The sightings occurred in Chicago on August 21st, not August 19. We will correspond with the witness to inquire whether the date indicated above is correct. PD))