GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — Just a few weeks after mystery drones spotted in the sky over the Eastern Plains became a national story, another Colorado city is seeing a similar phenomenon.
Glenwood Springs Police Chief Joseph Deras confirmed that there have been multiple reports of commercial drones flying over his mountain community just over 150 miles west of Denver.
Deras said the drones were first spotted a couple of weeks ago. He couldn’t say how many sightings there were or when the most recent one was. What he could say was that some officers who took the reports later did see the objects themselves.
The drones were spotted at around 8 p.m., according to Deras, and were seen over downtown Glenwood Springs before they made their way south.
> Watch the video above for a previous report on Eastern Colorado's mysterious drones.
He said they were not flying in a specific pattern.
“We didn’t find anything concerning,” Deras said. “We didn’t find it nefarious or anything.”
Deras said he has not contacted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in regards to the drones, but could if there is evidence they are breaking the law.
Operators do require special waivers from the FAA to fly at night and over people.
These reports come a little more than a month after drone reports began tapering off in Eastern Colorado, where sightings became so frequent and concerning that local authorities and the FAA formed a task force to determine their origin.
At this point, it’s unclear who the drones that were spotted in this rural part of the state belonged to. Multiple military agencies, as well as companies like Google and Uber, denied having any involvement.
The Colorado Department of Public Safety said numerous reports of drone activity it received from Jan. 6 to Jan. 13 were either planets, stars or small hobbyist drones that did not match the description of the large, commercial aircraft flying in a grid-like pattern that residents in the area had spotted.
The sightings happened while the FAA proposed a rule requiring that drones operating in U.S. airspace to broadcast a remote ID telling authorities who they belong to.
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