The Phoenix Lights is the name given to a paranormal event during which a series of UFOs were observed over Arizona skies, Nevada, and parts of the Mexico state of Sonora on March 13th, 1997.
These lights were seen by thousands of individuals with various descriptions given of the lights. The lights were seen in a space of about 300 miles (480 km), from the Nevada line, through Phoenix, to the edge of Tucson. A triangular formation of lights was seen and over Phoenix a stationary set of lights was seen. The second set of lights was deemed to be flares by The United States Air Force dropped by an
A-10 Warthog aircraft on training exercises.
The lights were derived as a square shaped object like that used by a carpenter. There were five spherical lights and possible light-emitting engines. In 2007 and 2008 the lights were reported to have reappeared but this was dismissed as more flares dropped by aircraft and flares dropped by helium balloons from a civilian.
At about 18:55 PST a man reported seeing a V-shaped object above Henderson, Nevada. It was described as having six lights and traveling northwest to the southeast. He said it was about the size of a Boeing 747 and sounded like rushing wind. A former police officer is also said to have seen these lights next after leaving his house where he saw a group of reddish or orange lights in the sky with four lights together and a fifth trailing them. There seemed to be two independent sources of lights within each individual light.
John Kaiser was standing outside with his wife and sons in Prescott Valley when they noticed a cluster of lights to the west-northwest of their position. The lights made a triangular pattern and all seemed to be read except one at the nose which was white. The objects were observed for 2-43 minutes with binoculars and then passed over the observers before disappearing into the night sky. The lights were said to be low and that they made no sound.
The lights were seen by various people in phoenix and all told of similar descriptions. The lights were seen in the direction of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and in the suburbs. Most described five lights that they saw. A cement truck driver saw the lights as well as several families. In some cases witnesses said the light hung around the area for quite a long time before disappearing.
On April 21, 2008, lights were again reported over North Phoenix by local residents. Tony Toporek videotaped the lights. He was talking to neighbors at 8 p.m. when the lights appeared. He went and grabbed his camera to get the lights on video. Three jets were reported to be heading towards the lights but the Air Force denies this. a Phoenix resident who declined to be identified in news reports stated he had attached flares to helium balloons and released them from his back yard. No one was cited or charged and no pictures or name of the supposed hoaxter exists.
Photographs and Videos
There are several images and videos of these events from various people. Most show a series of lights appearing at a regular interval, remaining illuminated for several moments and then going out. These images have been repeatedly aired by documentary television channels such as the Discovery Channel and the History Channel as part of their UFO documentary programming.
Some evidence suggests that the lights could be airplanes or perhaps some top-secret experimental military craft of some description. The lights could have been individual airplanes moving in formation but no military aircraft or other civilian aircraft were said to be in that area at the time of the sightings. During other sightings the lights were said to hover over Phoenix and it was recorded by media and other people. This event was described by the Air Force as slow-falling, long-burning LUU-2B/B illumination flares dropped by a flight of four A-10 Warthog aircraft on a training exercise.
The lights still remain a mystery and no solid evidence either way has been gives as to who or what the lights were like many UFO sightings they remain unsolved completely.