Mystery object in sky captivates Eastern Kentucky;
An unidentified flying object was reportedly seen in several areas of Pike County on Tuesday, but officials have no information as to what the object may have been.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Shaun Little told the News-Express that KSP Post 9 in Pikeville received five calls on Tuesday reporting the object in the sky. The object was visible from several areas, including the South Williamson area and Elkhorn City in Pike County, as well as Jenkins in Letcher County. It was also spotted and photographed in Virgie.
Virgie resident Allen Epling said he was home with his wife and several friends Tuesday afternoon when the granddaughter of one of their visitors said there was a “strange airplane” in the sky. Epling, his wife and their guest went outside and watched as the object hovered in the sky for more than two hours, Epling said.
“It was just a very bright daylight star that was getting brighter, then getting dimmer, then getting brighter again,” Epling said.
Epling described the object in the sky as cylindrical with two white tubes on both sides and semi-transparent. He said it could be seen against a clear afternoon sky with no cloud cover.
Police responded to calls reporting the object in the sky, but were unable to gather any information.
“We received several calls about it, but our trooper was unable to locate any object in the sky,” Little said.
Officials with the United States Department of Defense in Washington, D.C., and the Kentucky Air National Guard told the News-Express the agencies had no information on unidentified objects in the sky over Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday.
Pike County Emergency Management Director Doug Tackett said he received calls about the object but emergency management did not respond to the event in any capacity.
A representative at the Pikeville-Pike County Regional Airport said he was expecting a plane to land at the airport around the time the unidentified object was spotted in the sky. He added, however, that he was unaware of any objects in the sky other than the plane, which he said was approaching the airport from a different direction than the direction in which the object was spotted.
The sighting of the alleged UFO sparked speculation as to what the object may have been. Epling said he is sure the object was not a balloon, a helicopter, an airplane or a satellite. An amateur astronomer, Epling, who photographed the object through a high-powered astronomical telescope, said he has never seen anything like the object.
“I’ll be honest, I’ve never seen anything like it and I’ve struggled to come up with a good explanation for what it may have been,” he said.
Epling said his wife told him the object disappeared while he was inside his home uploading photos of the object to Facebook. She said it began to drift, appeared to be enveloped by something and was gone.
The event was an exciting one for Epling.
“I’ve wanted to see a UFO all my life,” he said. “I wasn’t scared, I was fascinated, especially to see something out of the ordinary.”
Photo courtesy Allen Epling.
By Chris Anderson