Note: This report was extracted from the MUFON UFO database (Case# 82443): www.mufon.com
Location of Sighting: Glendive, Montana
Date of Sighting: February 25, 2017
Time of Sighting: 9 PM MST
Description: 02/25/2017 around 21: 00 hours my son and I were near the fairgrounds in Glendive, MT. He spotted a single orange light that appeared to travel from north to south then veered sharply sharply to the west. We initially thought it was a helicopter, so I rolled my window down and turned my pickup off. There was no discernible noise.
Within minutes we saw 3 more lights. They were also orange and appeared to be flying in a triangle type formation. One was in the lead and 2 were following. I started videoing them with my cellphone. They also appeared to travel north to south before disappearing. We observed them for approximately 5 minutes.
The final one (we saw 5 total) lasted about 30 seconds and was also orange in color. It also travelled north to south, then veered sharply west before disappearing.
My initial reaction to the first one was it was a helicopter or drone. Then I thought maybe the lights we saw were chinese lanterns. It should also be noted that our cellphone batteries drained approximately 20% during this encounter which lasted approximately 15 minutes total.
I am prior military and law enforcement officer and have never seen lights like these before.
There is an anomaly in the video that is a white light that dances around. That is what I assume is glare from the streetlight.
Investigator Notes: I don’t have an explanation for this sighting assuming that the witness statements are accurate. The explanation could fit Chinese Lanterns, but the abrupt direction changes would rule this out. The video shows 3 orange orbs, but doesn’t show the abrupt direction changes noted by the witness. I have classified the case as an “unknown other.”
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