UFO Flying Object Paranormal
Police Officers Witness UFO
Large Triangle Craft Over Illinois

Police Officers Witness UFO
Large Triangle Craft Over Illinois

Details surrounding the unexplained lights in the sky over Illinois on January 5th, 2000. Included are interviews and dramatic re-creations. Also: Investigators from UFO organizations make inquiries and obtain sketches from eyewitnesses.

It’s now been more than ten years since the sighting of a huge, unidentified triangular-shaped UFO by police officers and civilians in the early morning hours of January 5th, 2000, over the state of Illinois.

A school teacher, Stephen Winnacott, was on his way to work from Centerville, Illinois and noticed a strange stationary object in the sky.

It was huge, triangular, had 2 very bright white lights and many other smaller lights around it

Since that time, the incident has been viewed by many as one of the most substantial UFO sightings in the history of the phenomenon, due almost entirely to the testimonials given by the law enforcement officers involved.

The sighting of an unidentified and unrecognizable aircraft of tremendous size, noted by several witnesses to be approximately the size of a football field, began on January 4th, 2000, around 10:30pm over Lake Forest, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.

The witness was outside his home when he saw a triangular-shaped UFO, “much bigger than a Boeing 747”, heading over him from the northeast.

He was stunned by its size, the strange slowness of its movement, the total lack of sound from the object and the light display on the underside, which he approximated to be maybe 500 individual lights spaced evenly across the entire undersurface.

In a report given to a UFO investigator from the National Institute of Discovery Science, the witness said, “it was just a very surreal experience”. The UFO moved almost directly over the witness’s home and was headed in a southwesterly direction.

Because of this, the sighting has also been targeted for critical and not-so-critical analysis by UFO investigative organizations, as well as the media and has sparked the curiosity of members of the United States government and the military.

Police Witness Triangle UFO

UFO sighting over southwestern Illinois on the morning of January 5th, 2000

Various police officers witness UFOs over the skies of Illinois on January 5th, 2000 at 4am from the ground that they are patrolling.

One officer patrolling stated "Also be advised, there is a very bright...white light east of town. It looks like it's just east of Summerfield ...and it keeps changing colors...it doesn't look like an aircraft though."

Another officer stated "This object was above me about 500 feet, it was huge."

Another police officer said "It's like it tried to camouflage itself against the night sky. Like it was trying to project the star-field above it on the underside."

"Black triangles" are a class of unidentified flying objects with certain common features which have reportedly been observed from the 1940s to the present. Reports of black triangles originally came from the United States and United Kingdom.

Reports generally describe this class of UFOs as enormous, silent, black triangular crafts, hovering or slowly cruising at low altitudes over cities and highways, usually at night and making no attempt to evade detection. These crafts are often described as having "running lights", either bright white lights or pulsing colored lights that appear at each corner of the triangle.

Declassified research (subject to a Freedom of Information request) from the UK Ministry of Defense suggests that "black triangle" class UFO sightings are caused by buoyant formations of high-energy plasma electricity, which emanate an unidentified energy field that refracts light, producing the appearance of a black polygonal shape with lights at the corners. But this particular explanation is not considered fact in all cases.

Most black triangle reports indicate that the craft are at least 200 ft (60 m) long and similar to the dimensions of a typical football field in width. They typically appear silently and seemingly "out of nowhere", drifting a few hundred feet or less above the ground.

Black triangles are usually described by witnesses as moving very slowly or hovering in one place for varying periods of time, sometimes even landing.

The craft are also sometimes reported by witnesses to be capable of sudden, rapid acceleration, as is often mentioned in descriptions of other types of UFOs.Some triangular UFO reports are likely sightings of one or more black projects under development by the U.S. military and contractors.

However, the facts that triangles are usually reported in and around populated areas and that they make no effort to evade detection cast doubt on whether such sightings are of military craft.

This in comparison to the F-117 Nighthawk and B-2 Spirit stealth aircraft, which were sighted only occasionally during testing over sparsely populated areas of the Southwest United States such as Groom Lake (Area 51), usually at night and by dedicated civilian observers of military aircraft.

The sightings report clearly visible objects over densely populated areas and highways, mostly in the United States and Britain, but other parts of the world as well.

Triangular-shaped UFOs have been reported since the 1940s. Accounts of flying triangles, wedges, or boomerangs have increased dramatically since the 1990s.

Multiple witnesses across south-west and west England saw a large black triangle at low speeds. Analysis of the sightings by Nick Pope concluded that the object moved in a north-easterly course from Cornwall to Shropshire over a period of approximately 6 hours.

A geographic distribution of U.S. sightings has been correlated by a currently inactive American-based investigative organization, the National Institute for Discovery Science, which led to a July 2002 report which suggested that the craft may belong to the U.S. Air Force; however, a subsequent report in August 2004 by the same organization (NIDS) found that the rash of sightings did not conform to previous deployment of black project aircraft and that the objects' origins and agendas were unknown. 

The fact that police officers are witnessing UFOs makes this even more credible to what others are reporting and seeing over the skies.
Black triangles are the subject of much speculation in the ufology community and various conspiracy theories, as well as more skeptical hypotheses. Common explanations include the following:
  • craft of extraterrestrial origin
  • top-secret craft containing suppressed or reverse-engineered anti-gravity technology
  • the Aurora, an alleged hypersonic spy plane
  • misidentifications of one or more conventional aircraft
  • psychological phenomenon, such as the availability of previous reports influencing suggestible witnesses
  • B-2 Spirit stealth bomber or F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter
  • satellites passing overhead, whose points make what appear to be a black triangle in the sky
  • buoyant formations of high-energy plasma electricity, which emanate an unidentified energy field that refracts light, producing the appearance of a black polygonal shape with lights at the corners