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Sighting Reports 2006

Mother & Daughter See Erratic Moving Orange Lights to the Northwest. Lights Had Pattern of Disappearance & Reappearance

Crossing of Arrows Indicates Approximate
 Location of Objects (Lights)

Date of Sighting: March 1, 2006
Time of Sighting:
8:30 to 9:45 MST (Approximate Times)
Date Reported: March 1, 2006
Duration of Sighting: At least 30 Minutes
Location of Sighting: Between Twin Falls & Buhl Idaho on Highway 30 (See Map) 
Latitude:  42.6 Degrees North (Buhl Coordinates)
Longitude:  114.78 Degrees West (Buhl Coordinates)
Number of Witnesses: Two
Number of Witnesses Interviewed: One
Weather: Clear.

Description (In Witness's Own Words):  We were coming back on pole line road from Twin Falls Idaho, heading towards Buhl Idaho. Off to the right of the road above the horizon. (Looked to be around Hagerman area as the crow flies.) At first notice I saw a yellow orange light in the sky and it was bright and in one spot. I thought it to be a airplane, but it wasn't blinking. Then it went away, and shortly returned. I brought it to the attention of my daughter, and we watched it disappear and re-appear several times. Then we saw another light off to the left appear, and disappear. This continued for about 2 miles. We pulled over at the beet dump and watched them. At times there would be the original larger light with two more lights right next to it appearing at a slant downward to the left, and also way off to the left again the other single light. Also one off to the far right only higher. We went out on the country roads and watched them for approximately 30 minutes, but then they went away. .

Investigator's Notes: Given that two groups of independent witnesses have similar descriptions in the same general area at close to the same time this sighting achieves considerable authenticity. (See report for March 1, 2006 from Jerome, Idaho.)  I don't think that astronomical phenomena were responsible for this sighting.  I have attempted to pinpoint the location of the objects (lights) through triangulation on the above map based on position and direction of sighting reported by each witness group.  I contacted the public affairs (PA) officer at Mountain Home Air Force Base.  (The base is about 40 miles west of where the lights were sighted.)  The PA officer said that extensive exercises were carried out for the entire week of Feb. 27 through March 3, 2006.  Although he wasn't sure if flares were dropped he thought that flare drops would have been part of the exercises. Given this information I am reasonably certain that the witnesses were observing flares.