UFO believers are excited by the news from Stephenville, Texas.
In this farming community where nightfall usually brings clear, starry skies, residents are abuzz over reported sightings of what many believe is a UFO.
Several dozen people — including a pilot, county constable and business owners — insist they have seen a large silent object with bright lights flying low and fast. Some reported seeing fighter jets chasing it.
"People wonder what in the world it is because this is the Bible Belt, and everyone is afraid it's the end of times," said Steve Allen, a freight company owner and pilot who said the object he saw last week was a mile long and half a mile wide. "It was positively, absolutely nothing from these parts."
One person said, "It feels good to hear that other people saw something, because that means I'm not crazy."
UFO believers will not be impressed by a predictable Air Force explanation:
Maj. Karl Lewis, a spokesman for the 301st Fighter Wing at the Joint Reserve Base Naval Air Station in Fort Worth said, "I'm 90 percent sure this was an airliner. With the sun's angle, it can play tricks on you."
The article at the link below says that about 200 UFO sightings are reported each month, mostly in California, Colorado and Texas.
The Mutual UFO Network plans to go to the 17,000 resident town of Stephenville to investigate this sighting.
Fourteen percent of Americans polled last year by The Associated Press and Ipsos say they have seen a UFO.