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What Is This 'Bullet-Looking Missile Thing' Along a Colorado Highway?

"The hush-hush nature of the whole thing is what really got me curious."

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A "bullet-looking missile thing" along a highway south of Boulder, Colorado, has residents and passersby asking, "what in the world is that?"

According to Boulder County News, the mystery object has been set up since December 8. Mark McDade drove by it all week on his way to and from work at the National Wind Technology Center and on Wednesday morning, finally stopped to try and find out more.

"I asked (one person) if it was military technology, and he said, 'No.' Then I asked him if it was commercial proprietary, and he literally kept his mouth shut. The hush-hush nature of the whole thing is what really got me curious," McDade told the paper.

Lakewood resident John Henry also noticed what he described as a "bullet-looking missile thing" while driving from Broomfield, Colorado, about 13 miles south of Boulder. Henry said he spotted a second one along the same highway just 8 miles south of town. But Henry's "not too worried about it," despite not knowing what it is.

Spokeswoman Suzanne Smith for the security technology company Lockheed Martin provided a subtle clue on Thursday as to what the curious object might be. Smith reportedly wrote in an email that the company is "just testing one of its sensor technologies."

Smith wouldn't elaborate any further, saying the information is "competition-sensitive" but she did say the project was approved by the Colorado Department of Transportation and is being funded by the company.

Lockheed Martin ended the "testing" Thursday, according to Smith.

(H/T: Boulder County News)

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