Triangular shaped UFO sighting over West Des Moines, IA.

Sighting Basics

Case Number 81617
Date of the Sighting 2017-01-18 20:30
Date Submitted 2017-01-18 22:00 (Reported Same Day)
Time Zone America/Chicago
Source MUFON
Summary Black triangle with a red and green light on either “wing” and 2 yellow-orange lights in the center
Tags triangle lights

Sighting Location

City West Des Moines
Region Iowa
Coutntry United States
Postal Code 50266
Latitude 41.58048
Longitude -93.70970
The latitude and longitude presented here is an approximation to protect the reporters identity

Sighting Specifics

Viewing Distance 101-500 Feet
Alititude 500 Feet or Less
Sighting Duration 00:01:00
Object Features None
Object Flight Path Straight-line path
Object Shape Triangle

Sighting Statistics

• There have been 612 other sightings in Iowa
• There have been 8 other sightings in West Des Moines
• There has been one other sighting in the postal code 50266
• There have been 101 other sightings near West Des Moines
• There were no other sightings in or near West Des Moines on 2017-01-18

Sighting Details

I was driving from my dad’s house to my mom’s house. when i got very near my mom’s house i saw a bright orange light over some condos. maybe a couple thousand feet above it there was a fainter yellow light. as i drove a bit more i had to stop in the middle of the street and watch. it was moving very very slowly and almost right towards my car. i was too in shock to get my camera. as it got closer i noticed that there were also green and red lights on this thing. i figured it was a drone but it kept getting bigger as it got closer. it must have been 100 feet across which is not a drone. it was triangular with a couple of pointed edges on the back. it made a faint humming noise as it passed and i just watched it until i couldn’t see it anymore. my estimation for speed is about 40 mph.

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