Strange lights in the Tuesday night sky

Sheriff’s department deputies in Monroe and St. Clair counties turned their eyes to the sky Tuesday night near Paderborn just east of Waterloo, after multiple callers reported seeing unusual lighted objects in the horizon sometime after 7 p.m.

A caller with a New Athens address reported to Monroe County police dispatch at 7:33 p.m. that they had spotted an object hovering in the air with what appeared to be a round top and flat bottom and flashing red and green lights.

Police and onlookers also reported seeing this and another object, with colors alternating from red, green, blue and orange over the next hour or more in the sky from the area of Floraville Road.

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Boehm was dispatched to the area of Floraville Road at Paderborn Road around 8 p.m.

“I arrived on scene and observed what appeared to be a satellite in the evening sky,” he stated in his report.

Monroe County Sheriff Dan Kelley said two of his deputies also observed the strange lights.

“They obviously saw something, but we don’t know what it is and have no idea what it was there for,” he said.

Kelley said his department contacted Scott Air Force Base, but officials there said they didn’t have any aircraft in that area at the time.

The base referred the sheriff’s department to the National UFO Reporting Center phone number, which is 206-722-3000.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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