By MATT FRAZIER-Star-Telegram Staff Writer
Photo Courtesy-Sean Kiel
But truck driver Sean Kiel said he photographed an unidentified flying object with his cellphone as he drove along Interstate 20 near Cisco on Jan. 8. Cisco is about 45 miles northwest of Stephenville, where dozens of people have reported seeing UFOs.
"It looked like a meteor entering the atmosphere," said Kiel, who was driving from Louisville, Ky., to Brady. "It looked like a fireball. It had a long tail and it was extremely bright. And then the light seemed to dissipate and there was a dark object, right when the sun was going down.
"It was more like a big cigar with lights all over it that changed colors," he said. "It was at least 300 yards wide. It was being escorted by some type of slow-moving military craft, maybe helicopters."
Kiel said the object disappeared from his view, but reappeared as he turned south onto U.S. 183. It seemed to be rotating counterclockwise, he said, with the lights disappearing one by one on its left side while reappearing one by one on its right.
His story is similar to those told by several dozen people living in or near Stephenville, including a pilot, the Erath County constable and business owners. They insist that they have seen a large silent object with bright lights flying low and fast. Locals swear that it was larger, quieter, faster and lower than an airplane.
They also said that the object's lights changed configuration, unlike those of a plane. Some reported seeing it chased by fighter jets.
The reports captured the country's attention as newspapers, television newscasts and blogs repeated the claims from Florida to Canada and beyond. The media has invaded the town of 15,000 -- known mostly for high school football and dairy farms -- about 70 miles southwest of Fort Worth.
Kiel, of New Haven, Ky., contacted Sherry Webb of the Texas Dairy Review in Stephenville. She put him in touch with the Star-Telegram.
"I thought the photos looked interesting," Webb said.
The Mutual UFO Network plans to interview witnesses starting at 1 p.m. Saturday in Dublin, a few miles southwest of Stephenville.
Kiel said he didn't know if he would be able to attend, so he told his story to the Star-Telegram.
"It turned in an L shape. It didn't curve into the turn like an airplane would," he said. "And then it took off. I could see for a long ways, but in less than 20 seconds it was out of my sight."
MATT FRAZIER, 817-390-7957
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