MURPHYSBORO — One person reported seeing "a line of lights in the sky" on Saturday night, leading Jackson County sheriff's officials to make an inquiry with the Federal Aviation Administration.

The sheriff's office was told by the FAA that the military had C-17 planes flying, Capt. Mike O'Leary said on Monday. He said someone contacted the Jackson County Sheriff's Office about the lights around 8:04 p.m. Saturday.

An FAA media representative said he had no information on the alleged sightings.

According to a report from WLTX television in Columbia, South Carolina, a spokesperson for Joint Base Charleston indicated that the low-lying lights were from more than 60 C-17 and C-130 planes flying across the country to Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. They were headed there for a training exercise involving HALO drop, high altitude military parachuting, according to the news station.

No one could be reached for comment at Joint Base Charleston on Monday evening.

Suspicious lights and other objects flying in the sky were reported as far away as Denver and in Missouri and elsewhere, according to KDVR television. Southern Illinois scanner traffic Saturday night indicated several reports of the mysterious lights in Missouri.

Randolph County Sheriff Shannon Wolff said his department did not receive any calls about unknown lights or objects in the sky, although he did watch a video of one report online.

A representative with the Chester Police Department said they did receive a report of something in the sky — although it was not from the city of Chester — but the report was unfounded.


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Stephanie Esters is a reporter covering Jackson and Union counties.

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