The bizarre drone mystery perplexing Colorado residents now attracts the attention of Governor Jared Polis. On Thursday, he stated he wants to “get to the bottom” of where the drones come from, reports The Denver Post.
The drones first appeared in the skies above Phillips and Yuma counties. Since the earliest sightings, new ones dot the landscape of northeastern Colorado and southwestern Nebraska. 9 counties in total report sightings of the drones.
They appear to be 6 feet in diameter, making them larger than the average hobby drone. The drones fly in groups of 6 to 10, though up to 17 have been observed flying in grid formation together. They fly generally between sunset and midnight.
Local law enforcement tracked the drones but was unable to determine their owner or owners.
A slew of agencies deny ownership. The Denver Post spoke with the U.S. Air Force, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Environmental Protection Agency, the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the University of Colorado Boulder. None of them claim ownership. Additionally, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort Carson, Intel, and Amazon deny responsibility, as well as a smattering of private drone companies.
The Federal Aviation Administration reports no new information regarding the mysterious drones. Since drones don’t submit flight paths nor transmit their location to law enforcement, the task becomes significantly more difficult.
Residents take up the call to investigate the bewildering presence of drones in their skies. Websites like nightdrones.net seek to cover the phenomenon and assist civilian efforts to uncover the source. It maps sightings in addition to compiling photos and evidence.
Meanwhile, the Colorado Division of Homeland Security the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management pledged to lend its assistance to local authorities.
The drones continue to appear over Colorado skies nightly.