Reporting on 2014 UFO activity at a time when military drone technology is coming of age is tough business - as referenced in this February 21, 2014, testimony in Case 54192 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
The latest wave of smaller, even insect-sized drones is now being studied when witnesses report small hovering objects.
MUFON Case 54192 sites an Elizabethtown, KY, witness who recalls watching a hovering red ball that performed some extraordinary maneuvers about 10 p.m. on April 1, 2013.
The military veteran witness was standing outside talking on a cell phone when a "glowing red ball" was spotted to his northwest just hovering in the air.
"This was like nothing I had ever seen before," the witness stated. "It made no noise, but seemed to agitate the dogs in my neighborhood as many of them started barking."
And then the unusual-looking object did something even more unusual.
"The red ball/light object hovered for about 30 seconds and then abruptly broke into two identical red ball/light objects. Immediately after they separated both objects started to fly around erratically for approximately 15-20 seconds and then came back together forming one single object."
The witness soon realized he was not alone.
"I was standing by myself when I first noticed the object, but as the sighting continued two of my neighbors from up the street came running down to my location to view the sighting. We stood in silence while the object continued to divide into two objects, fly around erratically, and then form back into one object."
The object continued to repeat the maneuver.