Possible UFO sighting in Illinois

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    HECKER, IL (CNN/KPLR) -- Some people in southern Illinois are reporting something strange hovering in the skies in recent days and nobody knows what it is. We've got images of the lights from a local newspaper, and they bring to mind the movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

    At the Hecker Country Store it's been the hot topic of discussion all day long. Hecker Country Store owner Angel Andrews says, "Everybody keeps coming in, starting at breakfast through lunch, stating they saw something in the sky."

    What they've seen has them all mystified. Judy Rachell says, "Large, bright light with four lights around it rotating, some have said its single, bright solid colored light, others have said it's red, green, yellow and pink just rotating around."

    Witnesses tell Fox 2 it was much larger than a planet, but it definitely was not the moon. Judy and Jim Rachell live in Freeburg, Illinois. They first saw the unidentified lights back in early October. Judy says, "It looked like the sun that had shrunken down to like the size of soccer ball and that's what it looked like to me."

    But she did tell her husband who was skeptical at first. Jim says, "She got me out of bed and over to the window and there it was."

    According to the Monroe County Independent, police responded to a report of the phenomenon on Tuesday. It reports they saw the lights, patrolled the area and set up a viewing area, but with no present danger, returned to their patrols.

    Scott Air Force Base says it was not aware of any aircraft in the area at the time.

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