Man reports 'astonishing' lights in the sky over Cedar Rapids

Lights from object illuminated entire horizon; national center says it'll follow up

Steve Gravelle
Published: December 20 2012 | 3:45 pm - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 3:36 am in

Eastern Iowa's blizzard conditions are making for hazardous travel -- and maybe even for unknown objects in the sky.

A resident on Cedar Rapids' east side reported alternating blue and green lights lighting "the entire horizon" early Thursday, according to Peter Davenport, director of the National UFO Reporting Center in Harrington, Wash.

Davenport said the witness filed a report on his group's Web site after the incident about 3:15 a.m. He said he hoped to reach the witness, who didn't identify himself but left his contact information, for a follow-up interview.

"He describes it at great length," Davenport said. "He sounds like a credible witness. It was intriguing enough to me, I thought it worth following up on."

Davenport said the witness' description of viewing bright lights for 20 minutes leads him to believe he wasn't describing lightning or an exploding power line transformer.

Cedar Rapids police logs don't list any calls reporting a UFO sighting Thursday morning.

Davenport invited anyone who may have seen the incident to call his group's hotline: 206-722-3000.

The witness' initial report:

Date: 12/20/12

Time: 3:15

Duration: 20 minutes

Sighting City: Cedar Rapids

Sighting State: ia

Sighting Zip: 52403

Sighting County: Linn

Witnesses: 2

Shape: Light

Description: Astonishing Sound and Changing Lights Seen North Of Cedar rapids, Iowa on December 20th 3:15 A.M.

Description: Awakened by loud hum. Hum lasted about 5 seconds. Hum immediately followed by a blue light which lit the entire horizon this light then immediately followed by a green light which also lit the entire horizon. Lights were NOT a flash radiating outward but were almost like enormous bars of light (horizon to horizon) radiating upward toward the heavens. This process was repeated at least 5 times and, we believe more as we heard it and could see our room lit from without before rising to look out the window - we personally witnessed at least 5 cycles.

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