A UFO appeared over Lincoln, Nebraska on ABC affiliate KLKN’s towercam on the morning of Wednesday, September 4.
The station’s morning meteorologist Sean McMullen noticed the object just before 6:00 a.m. He explains, “I have never seen anything like this before. I even say that several times while I’m on air describing the object, because I want to let people know even I don’t know what this is, so I can’t exactly tell you what it is.” The flashing triangle or teardrop-shaped object in the video appears to hover motionless in the sky. According to McMullen, the UFO was visible for about 45 minutes, but disappeared from view when the sun rose. McMullen says the object looked almost like a weather balloon, but points out that weather balloons are not equipped with flashing lights.
Local resident Rich Webb, who is a member of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), told KLKN, “It’s an unidentified object. We don’t know if it was flying, floating, what it is.” Webb also informed the station that this same UFO was possibly seen a couple hours earlier that morning 200 miles southeast of Lincoln in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. The witness in Lee’s Summit filed a sighting report with MUFON. In this report, she describes:
I noticed a vibrant sparkling/pulsating/flashing light in the window above my front door – facing north. As I walked towards the door/window I didnt see it and thought it was gone but as I backed up it came into view again so it was fairly high. I went to a different window in the house and saw it still, pulsating and every so often it would appear to have a ring. Next I got the binoculars and couldn’t believe what I saw. It was very far, I could see red, white, blue and green flashing lights and at times I could see a small disc shaped object. I say small because I needed the binoculars to be sure. In addition, it seemed to have a couple small – tiny small – lights come out of it. At this time I awoke my husband to have proof. He observed the same details as me and returned to bed. During this time the object started in the center of the window above my front door, moved slightly to the left and ended up to the right which told me I was not seeing a planet or star. In addition, it was a beautiful star filled sky. The stars were very bright, none were pulsating but this and it was very near the big dipper. I tried to take pictures with my iPhone but they look like a white dot. So I attempted to take them with my Canon 40D with a high aperture and no flash but they arent good because the object was so far away it appears solid white. I was not able to capture the flashing/twinkling/sparkly lights. I can however see a red, green, and white, dot of light around the perimeter of the main object . . . The main object remained unmoved until around first light when you could still see the stars but it was gone.
KLKN contacted the FAA, but officials say nothing out of the ordinary was reported on the morning in question. The station also spoke with University of Nebraska-Lincoln physics professor Timothy Gay who says he “can guarantee the non-existence of extraterrestrials, and suspects the Towercam footage was a government aircraft of some sort, or perhaps an odd lens reflection.” Clearly this guy didn’t get the memo explaining that British scientists discovered extraterrestrial life last month. His unfounded claim about the non-existence of extraterrestrial life aside, Gay is correct in suggesting that secret government aircraft should be considered when attempting to identify an unknown aerial object. And although odd lens reflections are responsible for a fair number of UFOs captured on photo and video, that is unlikely in this case, as it was potentially observed by another witness in different location.
Gay also told KLKN that “the number of UFO sightings has gone down substantially in the past two decades.” Although this claim is inaccurate, it is understandable how one could be under this assumption given the media’s roller coaster reporting about the rise and decline of UFO sighting reports.
KLKN continues to investigate this UFO mystery.