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Mystery drone sightings reported in central Nebraska

January 6, 2020 GMT

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Authorities in three central Nebraska counties are following up on drone sighting reports after several nighttime drone flights last week caused a stir in northeast Colorado and southwest Nebraska.

Officials in Hall, Buffalo and Adams counties said drones had been reported flying overhead Sunday evening.

Grand Island Police Capt. Jim Duering said the drones spotted by officers flying over Grand Island didn’t appear to be involved in criminal activity, but they aren’t registered locally so it remains a mystery who is flying them. Duering said the drones appeared to be large, commercial models that would require a license to operate.

Hastings Police Capt. Mike Doremus said a pilot reported seeing several drones flying in a grid formation about 2 miles west of Hastings around 9 p.m. Sunday.

Buffalo County Sheriff Neil Miller said three reports of drones flying in his county came in between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday. Miller said deputies are tracking the locations of the reports to try to identify who is flying the drones.

The central Nebraska drone sightings follow a rash of drone sightings in five northeastern Colorado counties and one western Nebraska county last week.