Colorado witness reports fast-moving object was cigar-shaped

Roger Marsh
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A Colorado witness at Westcliffe reported watching a fast-moving, cigar-shaped object cross the sky at 4:42 p.m. on December 17, 2022, according to testimony from the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC).

The witness was outside sitting in a hot tub on a deck when the object was first noticed.

“The cigar-shaped craft with no wings moved at a relatively high rate of speed from northeast to southwest,” the reporting witness stated.

The witness observed that there were several commercial airliners in the sky at the time, all leaving contrails. The object left no contrails and had no lights, blinking or otherwise, that were noticed.

“It appeared to be made of metal or aluminum, e.g. silver colored. The light from the craft appeared to be illuminated from the sun and not generated by any light on its own.”

The object then passed over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains by maybe 50-80 miles.
Sangre de Cristo Mountains.Photo byWikimedia Commons.

“It suddenly displayed a bright white light for approximately 5-10 seconds and it seemed to dim and then the craft disappeared as if into thin air.”

The witness said that the object at that point looked like a star and then it was gone.

The report contained no images, filed on December 17, 2022, and released for public viewing on December 22, 2022. Westcliffe is a statutory town and the county seat of Custer County, CO, population 568. Witness quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to NUFORC or to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).

Colorado Rating

Colorado was rated 22nd in U.S. UFO sightings for December 2022 with seven cases filed, according to the MUFON January newsletter. Colorado shared the rating with Kentucky. California topped the list with 51 cases.

There were 21 cigar cases reported nationally in December 2022.

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The witness noticed neighbors gathering together and watching something in the sky and went outside to see what was going on. The event date is approximate.

“I looked up to see a very large circular ‘spaceship’ hovering in one place,” the reporting witness stated. “Someone had a car radio on listening to a station reporting the strange sight we were looking at.”

As the witness watched, lights were observed on the object. There were red, white, and either blue or green lights blinking and rotating all around the object.

“It seemed as if ‘they’ were trying to communicate with us. Then I noticed three other circular objects off in the distance. They were darting back and forth at a high rate of speed, as in the blink of an eye.”

Everyone in the crowd outside was responding to what they were seeing and agreeing that they had never seen anything like this before.

“This show went on for almost an hour before the three smaller spacecraft disappeared. The larger spacecraft left shortly after that. All of them left at a high rate of speed, much faster than anything we had ever seen.”

The witness assumed that since there were about a dozen or more people watching this event, and many more listening to the radio, it had to be newsworthy. But the witness never saw any media coverage of the event at all.

The report contained no images, filed on May 10, 2017. Colorado Springs is a city in and the county seat of El Paso County, CO, population 478,961. Witness quotes were edited for clarity.

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ROGER MARSH is a media content producer with works in print, film, television, web, and stage. His “UFO Traffic Reports” published more than 7,000 times since 2009. He was a case researcher for the History channel’s “Hangar 1: The UFO Files.”

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