Multiple sightings of mysterious drones were reported over night skies in rural Colorado and Nebraska authorities were apparently clueless , sheriffs in multiple counties and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) were left searching for answers.

These sightings began around mid-December 2019 t, officials cliam they do not know who was operating the drones or why they were flying over certain counties. Now, federal agencies, police departments and sheriff’s were sheduled to meet on Jan. 6 to address the drone sightings.

In one county, there were at least 17 drones that have flown each night between 7 to 10 p.m., according to The Denver Post, who spoke to Phillips County Sheriff Thomas Elliot.

the FAA has said that multiple devisions of the agency were investigating the reports, but did not comment on the details of open investigations.

So what are the drones doing? The drones were flying approximately 150 to 200 feet or more away from buildings or people. the machines span about six feet and fly in squares of about 25 miles. They were also flying at night.

Some federal agencies such as the U.S. Army and the Drug Enforcement Administration claimed that the drones do not belong to them.

On Dec. 21, the Phillips County and Yuma County Sheriff’s offices tracked more than 16 drones between the two regions, according to a Facebook post by Phillips County. “We believe that the drones, though startling, are not malicious in nature,” the office added.

Sheriffs in multiple counties have urged residents not to shoot down the drones, as that could violate federal laws that protect aircraft's.

most sightings appeared In north eastern Colorado, Yuma, Lincoln, Morgan, Washington and Sedgwick counties reported sightings, All are rural communities, which have some authorities theorizing that the drones were mapping or agricultural tools.

Are any laws being broken?

Though several agencies are currently investigating the origins of the drones, whoever is responsible is likely not breaking any laws, some Sheriff’s offices have noted.

While no one has taken responsibility, and even the Federal Aviation Administration has claimed ignorance, the answer could be a secretive Air Force program intended to keep prying eyes away from nuclear missile silos.