5 weird pillars of light spotted in Missouri

Two years ago, a family was driving home when they saw five mysterious pillars of light in night sky over Independence, Jackson County, Missouri.

Witness report:

February 28, 2015, my husband and three young boys were driving home at approximately 2200-2300. We driving West and I happened to look to NW sky to point the moon out to our kids. I saw these 5 rectangular columns of light just below the cloud deck. They were bright but transparent and immediately reminded me of a beam projected by a spotlight. The differences between these and a spotlight beam were:

1. They seemed to be free standing. A spotlight beam can followed from the ground all the way up until no longer visible or to where it hits the cloud deck. There was absolutely NO connecting beam from the bottom of the columns to the ground.

2. The columns of light do not bounce off the cloud deck.

3. In the full hour these were observed, they did not change in size, shape, or location. They did not appear to move nor did the light appear to pulsate or change in density or brightness.

I was quite awestruck but after driving around to look for a source, and after taking pictures of them, we decided to go home and put the kids to bed. After getting them tucked in, I went outside once more to find them in the same place and unchanged.

I've often wondered what these were. I can find no scientific explanation for them. I posted the pictures on Facebook that same night and a friend commented that someone else they knew had also seen the lights.

Thank you for your time. I hope we can find out what these are!

https://mufoncms.com/cgi-bin/report_handler.pl?req=view_long_desc&id=90489, 01th March 2018