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Several people report orange lights in Southeast Missouri sky

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Orange lights in the night sky have been reported in Southeast Missouri once again.

H.B. Rice said he was with four people sitting around a friend's pool in Chaffee, Mo., Wednesday night when they saw a bright orange light in the eastern sky moving from the south to the northeast.

"One of my friends said, 'That was a satellite.' Personally, I didn't think it was a satellite," Rice said.

He said the light returned 30 minutes later, about 9:30 p.m., from the direction in which it had been traveling. It stopped abruptly and then disappeared, he said.

"The fact that it stopped is what blew us all away," Rice said.

Carla Lee was with Rice. She did not mention seeing the light twice, but her description of a "big, orange glow" was similar to Rice's account of his second sighting.

"It just sat still, and we were all looking, and then I mean just all of sudden, you know, like 'poof' it was gone. I mean it just disappeared," Lee said.

About 25 miles to the southwest in Bloomfield, Mo., Cecil Haley saw a similar phenomenon Wednesday. He said he stepped outside from a band practice and saw a reddish-orange light in the sky move from southeast to directly north of his location in a span of about 30 seconds. Then it faded out of sight, Haley said.

"It was faster than a plane, but it wasn't like a shooting star or anything," he said.

This is not the first time unusual occurrences have been reported in area skies. A series of sightings of mysterious lights were reported in the Piedmont, Mo., area in the early 1970s. And as recently as spring 2008 there were reports of strange lights near Cape Girardeau.

Some unidentified objects in the region have eventually been identified. In 1973 the Federal Aviation Agency Flight Service Station in Cape Girardeau confirmed that reports of UFO sightings could be attributed to the exhaust of a jet plane. On several occasions flying objects in the area have been identified as large weather balloons.

Dr. Michael Cobb, who teaches physics and astronomy at Southeast Missouri State University, said there is a wide range of possible explanations for the Wednesday night sightings including airplanes, meteors and satellites. He mentioned UFOs as a possibility, but he made no suggestion that these sightings should be attributed to such objects.

Cobb said neither meteors nor satellites change directions in a way consistent with Rice's description. Both satellites and meteors could disappear from sight, he said, but they would not stop. Rice, Lee and Haley all said the light they saw did not resemble an airplane. Rice said the light did not illuminate the surrounding sky the way a meteor does.

Cobb was out of town at the time of the sightings, but he said he did not have any knowledge of recent meteors in the area. Bruce Loy, manager at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, said there were no unusual reports to air traffic control last week.

The Scott County Sheriff's Department said it was not aware of any calls regarding unidentified flying objects, but Rice said he informed a 911 operator at the time of the sighting in case he was not the only person who saw the light.

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"The Scott County Sheriff's Department said it was not aware of any calls regarding unidentified flying objects, but Rice said he informed a 911 operator at the time of the sighting in case he was not the only person who saw the light."

Sounds like 911 is screening calls again!

-- Posted by johnlaw484c on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 4:55 AM

Uh Uh Uh, I apologize to the good people of Scott County. I had a gig up at Schindler's Tavern in New Hamburg and my electric piano shorted out...Hello!

-- Posted by Meglowmania on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 5:24 AM

I saw the same thing on 4th of July night looking north from Arena Park.

-- Posted by leggs on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 7:18 AM

Was there any adult beverage present at the time of the sighting?

Leggs, I saw the same thing down the street from my house. Really weird, it was like sparkles shooting straight up and then a loud bang with large colorfull shoots of fire going in all directions. It was truely terrifing. Heard that some people saw the same thing in the Arena park and Jackson park that night. I can't confirm that so I don't want to start a panic, but that is the rumor I have heard. I believe it even made the front page of the missourian.

-- Posted by gman on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 7:45 AM

OK, a few weeks ago, before the 4th I noticed a orange shape in the sky, west of Jackson. It was not moving though & it did eventually go away. I initially thought it was the sun setting but at 9:30pm....spooky! ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 8:13 AM

The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

-- Posted by bebo on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 8:42 AM

too many people taking percacet in my opinion....oh pretty lights

-- Posted by Skeptic1 on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 9:12 AM

No big deal! I saw it too. It was Obama and that wife of his. They were on another date in AirForce 1 and were just enjoying the scenery. Who knows where they will go next!

-- Posted by arrestthem on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 9:16 AM

Yes indeed these lights are quite suspicious.

I believe they are indeed UFOs. They are searching

for something. Frankly, they are slowly zeroing

in on Meglamaniac and when they find him I think they want to do research on his head.It seems they believe his head is much bigger than most of us humans and since they have access to the internet they have googled him and found him to be the most popular person in the S.E.Missouri quadrant. If your out there Megla, keep your eyes and ears open because their coming to take you away!!...

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 9:32 AM

I need a vacation, come and get me!! LOL

-- Posted by bluvnmykids3 on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 11:37 AM

I am the Director of MIG, the Missouri Investigators Group. We investigate UFO reports in Missouri.

If anyone has witnessed anything unusual in the Missouri skies, either currently, or in the past, please file a report at our website using the online EVENT REPORT FORM:

http://ufomig.bravehost.com

Thanks,

B. Becker

-- Posted by BBecker on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 11:41 AM

Important question:

Was anyone probed?

-- Posted by grandma73 on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 12:16 PM

There's UFOs over Chaffee

And I ain't a bit surprised

Nobody told me there'd be days like these

Strange days indeed

Most percular Mama, Oh!

-- Posted by Lumpy on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 12:38 PM

gman, That was not a joke. Myself and 5 other people saw the same thing, and no, there was no alcohol involved you idiot. I have better things to do than to make jokes on this website. You must have a pretty boring life.

-- Posted by leggs on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 1:06 PM

Greywolf,

You've finally caught on to my evil plan for world conquest and domination. As mentioned several weeks earlier, I have been working on a reality bomb that will not only wipe out every living being on the plant, but anything in the entire universe bound by atoms and electrical energy fields. The reality bomb cancels out that energy field and structure falls apart. Matter is reduced to dust, dust to atoms and the atoms to nothing.

My alien brothern have come to swipe me from the planet to protect me from the affects of the reality bomb. My direct superior, Davros, the Great healer puts it like this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7SByM_Mc...

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 2:33 PM

I have better things to do than to make jokes on this website. You must have a pretty boring life.

-- Posted by leggs on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 1:06 PM

LMAO, you must have a boring life as well if you are reading my jokes.

Have another one for you, a guy walks into a bar..................

-- Posted by gman on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 3:11 PM

Megla, nice come back! Well I guess my asking you if I can come along is out of the question now, HUH?...Perhaps they can spare us all here in S.E. Mo. and just leave behind the City Council, Mayor Jay and the County Commission!!

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 3:56 PM

Greywolf...depends. How do you feel about little green women?

gman,

Just like you federal, governmental, men-in-black types. Always coming up with something to defunct the existance of extraterestrial life. However, the United Alien Federation wants to thank you, it will make our invasion more effective. Now we just have to figure out how to spell extraterestrial without using spell check on WORD.

"The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus."

-- Posted by bebo on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 8:42 AM

bebo! Excellent!

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 4:53 PM

I'll bet Norton had something to do with this!

-- Posted by grandma73 on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 5:54 PM

They were not UFO's but, special black op's. aircraft built by commander primer. Cape has been helping the Gov. with stealth aircraft.

-- Posted by Airborne 95B on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 6:40 PM

Mega

No thanks necessary,just doing my job sir.

I can assure you the captain of that ship uh I mean mystery light in the sky has been demoted. First time out without the cloaking device on. He now knows how to be on the receiving end of the probe.

As far as other folks. What you don't know won't hurt you. Just go about your life, nothing to see here.

Sorry Leggs for the funny. If you are who I think you are were you driving a mustang the night of the viewing?

-- Posted by gman on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 6:47 PM

Hmmm...Something funny here, but I could have sworn I just seen a one eyed, one horned, flying purple people eater. He, Elvis, and Michael Jackson just drove by in a rusty 1961 Gold Cadillac Concertible ...and flipped me off. All three were adorned in hats made of tin foil, and brandishing their Captain Midnight decoder rings.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 7:24 PM

Concertible. HA! Playing flight of the bumble bee's of course.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 7:25 PM

Nope

-- Posted by leggs on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 9:12 PM

It was Sara Palin's tail light on her broom...

-- Posted by badagolfer on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 10:43 PM

badagolfer

Heard the same rumor, to bad she quit in mid flight. Proof "then I mean just all of sudden, you know, like 'poof' it was gone. I mean it just disappeared," Lee said.

-- Posted by gman on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 6:18 AM

3-4 years ago I saw a orange glowing ball, it looked like it was above Chaffee, MO, I waited to hear some news about it on t.v. but there was no news. I am glad to know for sure that I am not the only one to have seen it.

-- Posted by maccy on Mon, Jul 27, 2009, at 11:55 PM

Why do people make jokes about these things?

UFO does not mean the object or objects are

necessarily from outer space or other planets,

it or they could be from ours or some other

country. All I or any other normal and curious

person want to know is, what is it-where did it

come from-what is it's purpose-why is it here in

our neck of the woods?Was it from our country-or

another country? Who is doing this? I have seen

things that I cant rationalize....would'nt that

make anyone curious? It certianly does me.

-- Posted by maccy on Tue, Jul 28, 2009, at 2:15 PM

If you wish to have a better understanding of the phenomenon and see totally awesome pictures go to ECETI.org.

This is just the beginning - the best is yet to come.

DVD: Contact Has Begun: James Gilliland, has great information and pictures, as well

-- Posted by karentropf on Tue, Aug 9, 2011, at 11:55 AM

For more information on this phenomenon you may go to www.eceti.org or youtube James Gilliland.

I welcome further conversations on this topic.

This is just the beginning... the best is yet to come!

-- Posted by karentropf on Tue, Aug 9, 2011, at 12:00 PM


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