Colorado Authorities Weigh in on Mysterious Nightly Drone Formations

Given the current state of Colorado’s drug laws, there are no doubt some odd reports coming in to authorities in The Centennial State.

Colorado was one of the first states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for the masses, which lead to massive tax surpluses and a trend of legal weed in the United States.

But the widespread use of weed has also given Coloradans a dubious reputation for producing incredibly strange news stories.

The latest mysterious tale from out west defies this logic, however, as sober authorities in the state are stumped.

The purpose of recent nighttime drone flights over northeast Colorado has remained a mystery to authorities who are trying to learn the identities of the operators.

The drones have flown over Phillips and Yuma counties for the last week, the Denver Post reported Monday.

The Phillips County Sheriff’s Office cannot explain where the drones are coming from or who is flying them.

The Federal Aviation Administration, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Army Forces Command said they do not have information about the aircraft.

The group of at least 17 drones have estimated wing spans of 6 feet (1.8 meters) and fly between 7 and 10 p.m., Phillips County Sheriff Thomas Elliott said.

The drones remain about 200 to 300 feet (61 to 91 meters) in the air and fly steadily in square patterns of about 25 miles (40 kilometers), Elliott said.

“They’ve been doing a grid search, a grid pattern,” Elliott said. “They fly one square and then they fly another square.”

Internet users were quick to point out that no one interviewed in the story attempted to destroy or disarm these drones, suggesting that the authorities may very well be obscuring the truth.