by Margie Kay
Missouri Assistant State Director
For the past two years witnesses have been reporting strange balls of light in the greater Kansas City area that investigators have not found an explanation for.
Reports range from tiny pin-point white lights at near ground level close to the witness, to 40-foot and larger diameter orange fireballs 60 feet off the ground.
Since June of 2012, multiple reports have been made describing similar red or orange/red colored objects that change formations and remain at the same altitude. Witnesses describe V-shaped, X-shaped, triangular, linear, and circular formations of these objects.
On June 26th, I took a report by phone from a witness in Independence, MO:
“I was walking to my the house at 10:15 p.m. when I saw what I thought was the B-2 Stealth Bomber fly over or near Lake City Army Ammo plant in Independence, MO, which is not far from my house. This is a no-fly-zone so I was surprised to see anything flying over the area.
“The plane had three bright lights shining down and it was very loud. At 10:50 p.m. I was getting ready for bed and turning the lights off in the house when I saw a bright, white light through my window. It was hovering at approximately 200 feet above the ground in the area of Lake City.
“The trees are approximately 100 feet tall and this object was another 100 feet above them. It looked very strange, so I called my wife and we both went outside to get a better look at it. It would take a half-dollar held at arm’s length to cover it up, so it was larger than a star or planet.
“The light was extremely bright, like a big spot light, and it had a red glow around the outside of it. There were planes in the distance at the same time as this event. We watched this object for about 10 minutes, then the object suddenly shot straight up into the air at a very high rate of speed, then to the south, then to the west, than back to its original location. There was no sound at all.
“At this point we were rather shaken. Then it moved away from west to east very slowly and out of sight. This was definitely not a plane or helicopter. It moved too fast and there was no sound. I’d like to know if other people saw this.”
Another witness describes events over several nights (edited for clarity):
“It started on July 20, 2012. I was outside because I couldn’t sleep. It was about 3:40 a.m. – I saw a blinking red light heading east. I didn’t think much about it, then a white light came from the east and stopped and hovered. Then the red light was to the right of it. Then another white light came from the east, but it was lower, and brighter. It stopped and hovered as well and they formed the shape of a triangle. This is the third night in a row – July 20, 21, 22 – that this happened. They stayed there from 3:40 a.m. to sunrise and even when the sun is coming up you can still see them. They’re gone by 7 a.m. I would really like to know what these things are. I did record them, but they just look like stars. They’re not stars or aircraft. They made no sound.” Source: MUFON CMS.
In addition, separate single objects with blue, red, and white lights have been reported by many witnesses in Blue Springs and Independence, MO, and other areas. The object appears between dusk and 3 a.m., and then disappears at some time later, as late as 7 a.m. It is a stationary object, appearing to be round or triangular in shape, with bright red, white, and blue lights flashing in sequence, indicating a mechanical object of some type. These objects were witnessed by KCTV 5 reporter Dave Jordan and two of the TV cameramen, myself, and approximately 15 people from a neighborhood in north Blue Springs on several nights in May, 2012. The events were covered heavily by KCTV 5, then picked up by CNN and aired nationally. More witnesses from different locations in the K.C. area have recently come forward with similar reports.
What makes this type of sighting unusual is that the objects have extremely bright lights and they remain in the same position for hours at a time, then just disappear, or in a few instances, move away at a high rate of speed. The objects have been mistaken for planets or stars by myself and others, but after seeing the objects move or disappear, that explanation was dismissed. The lights have been appearing off and on in this area since late April 2012. The primary witness has also reported a large yellow ball of light measuring approximately 6 feet in diameter in the woods behind his house, which appeared on two separate occasions. The ball of light moved slowly up through the trees, and then shot straight up and out of sight. See case number 38020 for more information.
One witness describes a sighting on July 25, 2012:
“I have been seeing strange lights for six months. I live in the country and it is really dark. I love to go out in the evening and sit on our deck and look at the stars. I noticed the lights one night when I was coming home from town. There were three lights in the form of a triangle, facing east. What got my attention is the fact that they change colors. I have seen them several times. Last night I had the kids out on the deck looking at them as well. At first I was a little scared, but as long as they stay in the air I know I’m fine. Sometimes I go to a conservation area not too far from my house and sit and watch them, because it’s completely dark there.” Source: MUFON CMS case #41138.
The witness is adamant that the lights are red, blue, and white and change colors throughout the night. The object stays in the same location, and one evening there were three of these objects just above the tree line. The next night they did not return. Note the similarity to the Blue Springs case.