UFO SIGHTING REPORT
August 27th 1998
The National UFO Reporting Center, received a report from a man who advised of a sighting approximately 3-miles north of Michigantown, Indiana (Clinton County), where 2-witnesses observed a most peculiar "circle of yellow lights descend vertically down from the sky."
The object was reported to then rotate, tilt "upward," and disappear back up into the sky.
NUFORC Director Peter Davenport advised of the UFO sighting late Wednesday evening and stressed that the reportee wishes to remain anonymous. For this summation, the witness will be listed only as Mr. Stephenson.
Stephenson, an instructor of electronics, was contacted by telephone around 9:50 a.m. on Thursday morning, August 27.
He said that while driving north along Highway 29 at around 10:15 p.m. on Monday, August 24, 1998, he and his nephew became aware of an unusual object that was visually spotted low over the roadway near their car.
"We watched these lights drop out of the sky... very, very close to us at around 25 to 30 yards distant, it was 'powerline' high," said Mr. Stephenson.
"Now that I think about it," he said, "it resembled the bottom of a helicopter with two rows on the bottom of the base, but it rotated and looked like a solid line of lights. It rotated 90 degrees and tilted vertically and then it went up and disappeared."
The nephew, seated in the passengers seat, said that the object appeared to him to be of a circular shape. "When it rotated, my nephew said it was like a circle. He also thought the yellow lights had a blue tint," Stephenson added.
Stephenson said the object was first seen low to the ground near the roadway, probably a little higher than a powerline. It then looked as if it was starting to 'go up' and in the split second that he leaned forward to watch the object, it then just seemed to rapidly ascend and disappear.
He drove on for a short distance and then stopped his car in attempt to see the object again.
During the sighting, both Stephenson and his nephew were cognizant that they were visually observing something unusual. The duration of the event was around 5 or 6 seconds, and no sound was heard in conjunction with the object. Stephenson recalls that he even switched off his radio to detect any sound.
He drives the area routinely going to work, and the area is comprised of several small country towns, large bean feilds and cornfields. In the area near the sighting location, there are about 3 or 4 cell-phone towers that could be seen in the distance, spanning the horizon. Around 2 or 3 miles from the sighting location, there are east-to-west powerlines crossing Highway 29.
Mr. Stephenson said that he knows of no other witnesses, but added that another car coming from the north and heading south was within 1-mile of the object when it was sighted.
Stephenson said that there had been a severe storm earlier in the evening and skies were 'pitch black' at about 6:30 in the evening, but at the time of the sighting the sky was clear and many stars were visible. The temperature was about 60 degrees, but he had the air conditioner turned on in his car.
He talked to some friends about the unusual object later, and after talking to some colleagues at work, decided to report the UFO to the National UFO Reporting Center hotline directed by Peter Davenport.
On Thursday morning at 9:40 a.m., The Clinton County Sheriff's Office (765-654-5563) was contacted and the dispatcher who answered was asked if any UFO sightings had been reported near Michigantown. He was not aware of any UFOs being reported to his department. The dispatcher took my number and said he would call back if he had found any information for me.
The Frankfort Police Department (765-654-4431), the nearest local department about 5-miles from Michigantown, was also contacted. They also had heard of no UFO sightings.
There is no Michigantown Police Department, as everything is dispatched through the county.
The descriptive characteristics of a flying object, near to the ground with yellow-lights in a circular row, tilting and disappearing, complicates our efforts to explain this in conventional terms. This description, in addition to the reported 'silent' performance, is not compatible with a helicopter or other aircraft explanation. It sounds like an interesting UFO report.
Michigantown is about 42.5 miles north of Indianapolis, Indiana.
August 27, 1998
Article taken from the UFO UpDates Mailing List and posted with permission.