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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 8/7/2019 20:00 (Entered as : 08/07/2019 20:00)
Reported: 9/7/2019 8:21:02 PM 20:21
Posted: 9/12/2019
Location: Salem, IL
Shape: Light
Duration: 30-45 seconds
Characteristics: The object left a trail, There was an aura or haze around the object, The object changed color
Extremely bright object changes color & shoots into sky.

I was washing my father's Jeep, he recently had a stroke & asked me to clean it for him, we ran to the car wash.. This was a bit before 8:00pm. After finishing washing the Jeep, my partner & I drove out behind NAL (business in town) to drive down the road & dry off the majority of the water. I stopped the Jeep before the end of the road, under a streetlight, to get out & finishing drying it off with a towel.

When I was almost done I noticed a VERY bright object up in the sky (circular but bright), towards the east. At first, I figured it was an airplane or helicopter but the object was moving in too many directions for an aircraft(bobbing up & down, but moving left to right far too quickly for a plane). I yelled for my partner to look & when he got out of the Jeep he said it was probably a drone, but Iíve never seen a drone with a hazy orb around it. We couldnít tell if the bright object was very far away or somewhat close. As I told my partner to go get his phone, to take a video it became I creasingly brighter, & the color changed from a bright white to what almost resembled fire. The object seemed to shoot off in a matter of seconds to the North & left a small faint trail of yellow light behind where it originally shot off. We heard the noise of cars on Main Street & the Jeeps engine running. There was no loud boom, like a jet breaking the sound barrier.

I have never believed in aliens visiting Earth (UFOs), and to be honest, I still donít know what we saw. After witnessing whatever this was we were both were confused & just laughed about it. My partners bestfriend is married to a police officer, so we called to see if he was on duty, he was, & to see if anyone else had reported this weird light in the sky. He thought we were joking & after we explained what happened he told us that it was probably an airplane headed back to the airport or something from Scott Airforce Base.

Again I donít know what we saw, but I know it wasnít a drone or airplane. Maybe itís something else & youíre sites employees can answer what it was? We are both scientifically minded, educated adults with good careers & donít want people thinking we are crazy, but we have gone from confused to almost scared by what we witnessed. We just want an answer.

Ps. We didnít know there was a hotline until coming home & researching what happened & finding your site.