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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 8/20/1983 18:00 (Entered as : 08/20/1983 18:00)
Reported: 5/31/2005 10:36:57 PM 22:36
Posted: 6/20/2005
Location: Peoria County, IL
Shape: Cigar
Duration: approx. one minute
Characteristics: There were lights on the object
In the summer of 1983, while driving home from work in a rural setting, I saw a huge reddish orange cigar shaped object that looked lik

I'm writng tonight to finally tell someone what I saw in the night sky in the summer of 1983, while driving home from work one evening from my job as a dental assistant in Peoria, Illinois. For the longest time I didn't tell anyone but my husband, partly because I didn't know who to tell and partly because I was afraid of how it would sound. I am 53 yrs old now and have no psychological disorders, nor have I ever suffered from such a disorder. I have also never seen anything like this again.

Around 5:30 p.m. one evening I turned onto route 78 traveling south towords our home in a little town, Laura, Illinois. There were no other cars on the road when I saw it, and I was in a farming area which was open fields only. I am sure that many other people saw the object also that night, because it must have been seen by the cars passing on the nearby expressway. I was 10 miles from home at the point I first noticed it, and near the intersection of Illinois route 78, and U.S. route 150. The sky was dark, and just as I turned south onto route 78 I saw a large, redish-organge cigar shaped light traveling what I estimated to be upwards of 500 miles per hour. The light was traveling due west and it took only moments for the craft to travel completely accross the sky and out of my sight. The object was at least 10 times the size of a commercial airplane but made no sound whatsoever, and was flying at about the height of a 20 story building.

As soon as I saw it, I drove as fast as my car would travel twords home, believing that my world was coming to an end because the only thing that I had seen that looked something like this was a picture of a guided missle. When I arrived home I thought my husband would be meeting me at the door since something like this would surely have been on the news. After it became clear that this was not the case, we waited for the evening news to hear what I saw, but apparantly no one else had reported it either. I have never heard anything about what I saw in the sky that night.

I'm glad that I've finally gotten this out in the open, and thank you for listening.

((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that date of the incident is approximate. PD))